Jeptha's Rash Vow
Worked by Mary Williamson
Barnwell, Cambridge, UK c. 1660
This extremely rare documented c. 1660 needlework picture depicts Jephta returning home to the warm greetings
of his lovely daughter after vanquishing his foes in a war. His displeasure in seeing her is evident in his body
language. This stems from a vow he made with the Lord stating that (if he won the war he would sacrifice the first
thing that greeted him when he returned home). It is an Old Testament story teaching one not to make promises lightly.
On the backboard is a very early hand written note and also an early hand written note transcribing the earlier
one (see below), and a typed story of Jeptha, Judges 11:29-40, and an early gallery sticker, and two red wax seals.
This piece of Needlework/ wrought by Mary Williamson/afterwards wife of John Sanders/ of Barnwell in Cambridge.
/ Mother of John, Richard, Catharine & Mary. / John left two Children/ Philip & Mary/ Richard Died without
issue/ Catharine Married Fran s/ Howlett of Mildewhall in/ County Suffolk, who was /Mother of Jane (?) Mary and
John Howlett./ Mary married John Haddy of Barnwell afores? & died/ without issue.
Supposed to be wrought / about anno domini 1660
I consider this is Charles I period circa 1640 - Wm HB
Research indicates Mary Williamson married Johan Sanders in 1664 so this needlework was probably worked c. 1660.
Silk on linen; 9 ½" x 14 ½" sight.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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