There are a total of three embroidery pieces created by Hannah Phillips that survived the centuries. The other two are currently owned by a descendant of the family.
Betty Ring’s research stated the following:
Hannah Phillips was born in Andover, Massachusetts, on 20 January 1742. She was the second of seven children born to Samuel Phillips (1715-1790) and Elizabeth Barnard (1718-1789). She would be the first of two to reach adulthood. Although his Harvard education prepared Samuel Phillips to follow his father in the ministry, he was eminently qualified to pursue a mercantile career. His lasting monument is Phillips Academy, which he generously helped to finance.
As was customary with affluent New England families, Hannah was probably sent to Boston to study when she was about fourteen. Hannah made two small canvas-work pieces, and the present example attests to the fact that, in keeping with her station, she had illustrious schoolmates, because similarity of style and one bold tulip plant reveal that she must have been taught by the unknown fishing-lady instructress.
Hannah’s three canvas-work pictures probably graced the walls of the Phillipses’ home before 1760. Her needlework remained in place until the 1930’s. In 1880 the so-called Phillips Manse was said to be the town’s richest residence “in ancient relics of ancestral grandeur”, including “tapestries wrought by hands long ago moldered to dust, the samplers in frames over the mantel, and the profiles of the first master and mistress of the manse in the hall.
Hannah’s sampler and needlework pictures, and also her work box, were loaned to an exhibition of needlework being organized by Nancy Graves Cabot for the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union in Boston in 1937.
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