Elizabeth W. Arnold, Age 7

Elizabeth W. Arnold, Age 7

Boston, Massachusetts, 1834

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sampler size: 16½” x 15¾” • framed size: 19” x 18¼” • sold

This is a beautifully stitched sampler, rendered even more impressive because the maker, Elizabeth W. Arnold, was only 7 years old. The two leafy branches of flowers, joined by a blue bowknot, are an indication of Elizabeth’s skill, perhaps with a bit of help from her teacher. Along with an appealing overall composition with nicely centered alphabets, there are interesting details - such as the little sprouts of leaves in each corner. The sampler also offers particularly good color.

Elizabeth W. Arnold was the daughter of Charles Arnold (1800-1872) and Elizabeth (Wayland) Arnold, of Quincy, Massachusetts, born in the fall of 1826. Her family history is particularly notable as her paternal grandmother, Mehitable (Adams) Arnold (1760-1827) shared ancestry with John Adams (1735-1826), 2nd president of the United States. A Genealogical History of Henry Adams of Braintree, Mass and his Descendants; John Adams of Cambridge, Mass 1632-1897 by Andrew Adams (The Tuttle Company,  1898) tracks the family, much of which remained in the Boston area for generations. The Arnold family, with Elizabeth age 24 years, was recorded in the 1850 census living in Boston; Charles was listed as a merchant. According to Massachusetts Vital Records, Elizabeth died on June 29, 1851 at age 24 years, 10 months and 5 days, of consumption.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition, conservation mounted into a molded and black painted frame. Note that the large script letter A is complete and original; much of it was worked in a lighter color silk floss.

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