Anna Bee

Anna Bee

Family Record Sampler, Gloucester County, New Jersey, 1826

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sampler size: 17½” x 17” • framed size: 22½” x 22” • sold

A beautifully designed and executed Family Record sampler, this was made for the Bee family of Gloucester County, New Jersey by their daughter, Anna Bee. A lush border of flowers and shaded leaves on thorny vines surrounds the framework that contains the details of the births of Thomas and Rebecca Bee and their ten children. The sampler also features an excellent low basket of flowers sitting on a plinth onto which the date, “A. D. 1826” is stitched.

Anna’s sampler very closely resembles two other known and published examples, also Family Record samplers – one made by Martha Pratt Heritage in 1823 (Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860, Morven Museum, 2014) and the other by M. Down in 1828 (American Samplers by Bolton & Coe, The Colonial Dames of America, 1921). These three samplermakers were all clearly taught by the same as yet unidentified, very talented teacher.

Anna married Asher Kirkbride (1806-1867) and they had at least two children. She died in 1901 at age 87 and is buried in Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery in Gloucester County.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition with two very small areas of loss to the linen. It has been conservation mounted and is in its outstanding original mahogany cornerblock frame.


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