Anna Caroline Boyer

Anna Caroline Boyer

Easton, Pennsylvania, 1839

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sampler size: 13” x 15¼” • framed size: 16½” x 18¾” • price: $23,000

In 1839, Anna Caroline Boyer, a 20-year-old from Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, worked this wonderfully folky, pictorial sampler featuring several houses, a large church, animals and large birds. The subject matter, composition and execution of the needlework, coupled with the classic Pennsylvania German love of saturated color, serve to make this a highly appealing sampler. The border, a series of large, beautifully worked flower blossoms linked by a leafy vine, provides an excellent visual framework for the composition.

The Boyer family in Pennsylvania began with Johann Adam Bayer / Boyer (1681-1777) who was born in Baden, Germany and emigrated to America in 1750, settling initially in Lancaster County. Anna was born four generations later, the eldest child of daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth (Yeager) Boyer who lived in Northampton County between Easton and Bethlehem. She was born on November 13, 1819 and married George Boyer (1823-1846) with whom she had two children. After his death, she married a farmer, John Richards, in 1849. They remained in Northampton County and became the parents of three children. Anna died in 1893 and is buried in Easton Cemetery with family members.

The sampler was worked in silk and wool on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a mahogany frame with maple beads.


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