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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

Huber antique needlework sampler by Read

Harriet Read
Antique needlework sampler
Princeton, MA dated 1806

Harriet at aged 11 stitched this needlework sampler featuring a center hall house, various spot motifs, and an interesting verse about female decorum and the art of needlework.

Let Female artists blithe & gay/ Their skill in needlework display/ Attentively observing rules/ That ever sway --- politest school.

An early note on the back reads “Harriet Read born in 1794 at Claremont, N. H. a granddaughter of Thomas Mason and Mary Baxter of Medfield”.

Harriet, was the daughter of John Read and Mary Mason (of Princeton, MA). In 1816, she married Daniel Adams, a lawyer who graduated from Harvard in 1799, they had 6 children.

Silk on linen; 15 ½” x 12 ½” sight.


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