Hannah C. Parker,

Hannah C. Parker,

Falmouth, Massachusetts, 1835 

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sampler size: 16¾” x 11¾” • framed size: 19¼” x 14¼” • sold

Hannah Cotton Parker of Falmouth, Massachusetts stitched a beautifully worded poem on her appealing sampler, a description of the process of the education that results in the creation of a sampler: “With close attention carefully inwrought / Fair education paints the pleasing thought / Inserts the curious lines on proper ground /Completes the work and scatters roses round.” In combination with the fascinating family history of the maker, this is a delightful example.

Hannah was the daughter of a successful merchant and civic-minded leader from Falmouth, Ward M. Parker, whose business activities were based in the whaling and coastal trade. His wife was Hepzibah (Davis) Parker and both were from early and prominent families in the area. Hannah was born in 1825, worked this sampler when she was ten years old and died in 1879. In 1848, she married Joseph Arthur Beauvais whose parents were from Bordeaux, France; he emigrated to Massachusetts as a very young boy to avoid conscription into Napoleon’s army. Reared by his older married sister, he became a highly prosperous trader and merchant. The only child of Hannah and Arthur was a daughter, Louise, who married Max Ritter von Schmaedel, a German artist. Louise died in 1882, at age 27, in Munich leaving behind a son, Harold Parker von Schmaedel. An article published in 1888 in the New York Times tells of the unusual lawsuit brought by Joseph Arthur Beauvais against his son-in-law, who sought to control the substantial estate left to the minor by his mother. Further specifics regarding this family are in the extensive file that accompanies this sampler.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a black molded and painted frame. 



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