(Description taken from Betty Ring's auction catalogue Januarary 2012 at Sotheby's)
RARE EMBROIDERED AND PAINTED SILK MOURNING PICTURE, S. ISHAM,
PROBABLY HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1811
Worked in silk, chenille, paint, and ink on silk; inscribed on the glass and the monument.
Height 27 3/4 in. by width 23 in.
Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York;
Carol and Stephen Huber, October 21, 1985
American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of
American Folk Art (p. 88, fig. 40)
Sally Taintor Isham (1796-1869) was the daughter of Colchester merchant and lawyer Joseph Isham (1735-1910) and
his second wife, Esther Taintor (c. 1756-1834). The figures are probably Sally with her mother, her half brother
Alfred (b. 1769), her brother Ralph (b. 1776), and younger brothers Roger (b. 1797) and Charles (b. 1799). On July
28, 1829, Sally married Gardiner Southworth (1792-1851) of Natchez, Mississippi. They were childless. Sally Isham's
husband Gardiner Southworth was from Colchester, Connecticut. It is not known why he went to Natchez, Mississippi.
He returned to Colchester where they resided. (Additional information provided by Carol and Stephen Huber).
ESTIMATE with 25% buyers premium $37,500 - $50,000
Special Offering: sold
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