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Elizabeth Van Ingen,

Schenectady, New York, 1823

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sampler size: 8” x 10” • framed size: 10” x 12” • sold

We have been nicely familiar with a small group of samplers that were made in Schenectady, New York. They share general similarities such as a house, fruiting plants, alphabets, and those that we’ve known have all proudly noted Schenectady in the inscription.

Elizabeth Van Ingen was born in 1811 to Abraham and Elizabeth (Van Buskirk) Van Ingen as the fifth of their eleven children. Abraham was a prominent attorney in Schenectady, and in 1801, a delegate to the New York Constitutional Convention. His father, Dirk Van Ingen, came to Schenectady from Rotterdam, Holland and married Margaret Van Sysen. Elizabeth’s family evidently established themselves in this town. Sadly, Elizabeth died in 1827 at the young age of 16, shortly after making her sampler.

With delightful charm, Miss Van Ingen filled the tan linen ground of her small sampler with alphabets, numbers, a two-chimney house, flowering plants and a little woman in the right corner – simple, and yet quite nice in that we haven’t seen a person on another Schenectady sampler. Her inscription is in sharp contrast, in black lettering, against the rest of her composition; it reads: “Elizabeth Van Ingen’s work AE 11 Years Schenectady January the 11th 1823.”

Worked in silk on linen, this sampler remains in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a black painted, molded frame.

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