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

Portsmouth, NH sampler from Huber

Sarah L. Whidden
Antique sampler
Portsmouth, NH 1828

Wrought by Sarah L Whidden aged 14 yrs under the Tuition of Miss/ Odiorne AD 1828, and, In Memory of Granma/ Mary Whidden who died April 9th 1828. Aged 80 years 3 months/ Long shall pity mourn thy sudden doom/ And breathe fond sighs around thy silent tomb/ Oft shall my footsteps to thy grave repart/ And my fond thoughts shall often wander there.

Typical of many samplers worked in Portsmouth, Sarah’s typical lower band exhibit a house on the left side followed by a long fence leading to a barn with dovecote. Often referred to as the “House and Barn” group. Sarah commemorated her paternal grandmother in her sampler worked at Miss Odiorne’s school. Her sister Frances made a sampler at E. Robinson’s school, also in Portsmouth, commemorating her maternal grandparents William and Anne Seavey. In 1832, their older sister Mary Ann Whidden was teaching needlework in Portsmouth.

Sarah (1814-?) was the second daughter of Joseph Whidden, a farmer, and Abigail Seavey.

Silk on linen; 16 ½” x 17 ½”.


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