Hepzibeth Brown, Greenwich School, Greenwich, Gloucester County,

Hepzibeth Brown, Greenwich School, Greenwich, Gloucester County,

 New Jersey, 1810

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sampler size: 21¼” x 17½” • framed size: 24¼” x 20½” • sold

A large and handsome Quaker alphabet and motif sampler, this was made by Hepzibeth Brown in 1810 at Greenwich School, a Quaker school in Gloucester County, New Jersey. “So Education forms the Mind” Early Female Education in New Jersey with special Emphasis on Needlework Instruction, compiled, edited and annotated by Dan & Marty Campanelli (Hunterdon County, NJ, 2014) documents the Greenwich School which was established in 1809, along with the origins of Greenwich Meeting as early as 1740 and another Greenwich School sampler, made by Elizabeth Clark, also in 1810. Now in the now in the collection of the Gloucester County Historical Society, the Clark sampler is strikingly similar to our Brown sampler; both makers included many family initials inside two wreaths, along with a wonderful assortment of Quaker motifs used throughout. Only a very few Greenwich School samplers are known, and we are pleased to be able to offer this one.

Hepzibeth was the daughter of John Brown (1776-1856) and his wife, Margaret (Hulings) Brown (1774-1822).  She was born in 1799, the eldest of their eight children and married Solomon W. Lewis (1792-1836), also a Friend, in 1822. They had at least three children. Surviving her husband by many years, Hepzibeth died in 1875 and is buried along with many family members in Solomons Graveyard, a small Quaker Cemetery in Wolfert, Gloucester County.

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

 

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