Emeline Malita Richardson,

Emeline Malita Richardson,

Franklin, Massachusetts, 1826

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sampler size: 12¾” x 17½” • frame size: 16½” x 21¼” • sold

Made by Emeline Malita Richardson who was living in Franklin, a town southwest of Boston and near the Rhode Island border, this is a neatly worked sampler with an endearing little house and lawn scene. A wonderful light green was used for the house and the squared-off fence. Four cypress trees punctuate the yard and a basket with a freeform flowering plant provides appealing embellishment. The border is one designed of rhythmic strawberries and it leads to an outer drawn-work edging.

Emeline was eleven years old when she worked her sampler; she was born on April 22, 1815 to Eli and Melita (Norcross) Richardson. Information published in The Richardson Memorial: comprising a full history and genealogy of the posterity of the three brothers, Ezekiel, Samuel, and Thomas Richardson, who came from England by James Adam Vinton (Portland, ME, 1876) indicates that Emeline’s ancestors in Massachusetts began in the mid-17th century. Eli Milton Richardson (1791-1875) married Malita Norcross in 1814 in Franklin, and Emmeline was the first of their ten children. In 1835, she married Joel Gilbert Partridge (1813-1846) of Medway and they had three children. Emeline died in 1840 at age 25 and is buried in the historic Evergreen Cemetery. Her sampler descended in the family for at least three generations.

Worked in silk on linen, it is in excellent condition and has been conservation mounted into a beveled, cherry frame. 


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