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West Point, NY picnic needlework - Huber

Harriet Clark
Picnic Scene
New York c.1815

Harriet born in 1797 was the second of 12 children born to William A Clark and Sarah Selleck. She worked this beautiful silk embroidered picture in her late teens. On May 1, 1817, at aged 20, she mar-ried John DeWitt. They lived in West Point, NY where Harriett died at the young age 35 in 1832 leaving behind her husband John and four children, Sarah age 14, Catherine age 12, Julia age 8, and Luis Bevier 2, and this embroidered picture.

A week after Harriet's death, her husband wrote an incredibly moving and detailed letter to his children describing their mother's stunning beauty, natural grace, and charm from when she was 16 ½ years old, through their courtship, marriage, and her death, so they would have a chance to know her as they matured. A complete copy of this letter accompanies this piece. (You will feel you know the young girl that made this embroidery by reading this letter.)

Harriet is buried in the United States Military Academy Post Cemetery in West Point, New York.

Silk and paint on silk; 28" x 33 ½" framed.

Was $24,000, Now $18,000

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