546
546
Needlework Family Record, Mary A. Bradford, probably Plymouth, Massachusetts, dated 1833
Estimate
3,0005,000
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546
Needlework Family Record, Mary A. Bradford, probably Plymouth, Massachusetts, dated 1833
Estimate
3,0005,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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Needlework Family Record, Mary A. Bradford, probably Plymouth, Massachusetts, dated 1833
Worked in silk and paint on linen with ink on paper. Signed, Wrought by Mary. A Bradford Aged 11, AD 1833.
Height 17 in. by width 17 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Richard and Virginia Wood, Baltimore, Maryland, August 19, 1966

Exhibited

American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art  (p. 14, fig. 22)

Catalogue Note

The Harlow, Bradford, and Churchill samplers belong to an important group worked at an unknown school in Plymouth between 1815 and 1845. Typical is an octagonal format and a scene that combines embroidery and paint upon the linen ground. The Harlow sampler and other early pieces include ligatures and a bold alphabet that suggest Quaker influence.

Mary Ann Bradford, a daughter of William Bradford and Elsey Sylvester, was a direct descendant of the Pilgrim governor William Bradford. She married William Holmes on October 8, 1844. Her family record includes a memorial to three-year-old William Bradford, Jr . and written on the plinth is the same epitaph found on Burial Hill in Plymouth: Bost not thyself of tomorrow / For thou
knowest not / What a day may bring forth .

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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