Hannah Cook,

Hannah Cook,

Woodbury, Gloucester County, New Jersey, 1806

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sampler size: 14½” x 10½” • framed size: 18¾” x 14¼” • sold

A handsome sampler with alphabets and Quaker pictorial elements, this was made in 1806 by 14-year-old Hannah Cook. She stitched the names of her parents, Robert Cook and Lydia Cook, on her sampler and the family belonged to Woodbury Monthly Meeting in Gloucester County. She was born on May 5, 1792, the last of their six children. The Cook family in America began with Thomas Cook (1600-1677) who arrived in 1637 and settled initially in the Boston area. A branch of the family removed to New Jersey in the early 18th century, joining Friends Meetings there; Robert Cook (1756-1823) married Lydia Chattin (1752-1822) in 1780. The Cook/Cooke family genealogy contains much information about the family and photocopies from this book and of Quaker records accompany the sampler.

In 1825, Hannah removed to Indiana as indicated by Quaker records, joining the Whitewater Meeting. She married John Hughes in 1827 at Ridge Meeting House and they had two children, Phebe and Susan. Hannah died in 1880 in Wayne County, Indiana.

Hannah may have attended a school associated with a Friends Meeting or may have learned her skills elsewhere. Her sampler presents classic Quaker motifs: the two-handled vase of flowers, a basket with a pyramid of fruit and floral sprigs, as well as a charming little dog at the top. A border of stylized carnations, one used by samplermakers for many generations at that point, provides a strong visual framework.

Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition with some very minor loss to the black line of stitching at the top edge. It has been conservation mounted and is in a beveled cherry frame with a maple bead.

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