American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 97, fig. 155)
Jane's embroidery belongs to a recognizable group of New York memorials, c. 1810-1825. The frame originally had large, shell-shaped projecting corners that have been removed. Jane Mitchell Hewlett (1811-1834) was the daughter of Whitehead Hewlett and the granddaughter of George Hewlett, all of Great Neck, Long Island. On December 27,1831, she married Dr. William Wilmot Kissam (1806-1842) and died childless, aged twenty-three. A companion piece was worked by Mary Ann Hewlett, and it is now at the Museums at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, Long Island. For a similar composition painted on velvet, see Anita Schorsch, Mourning Becomes America, No. 64/209.
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