Julia Vankeuren,

Julia Vankeuren,

New York State, circa 1835 

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sampler size: 19” x 18” • framed size: 24” x 23” • sold

A particularly appealing sampler with a depiction of a red brick house, this is signed, “Julia Vankeuren Born February 26 In The Year 1821.” Julia’s excellent verse reads, “My youthful days will soon be o’er / And I shall go to school no more / I would not endure the pain / Of having spent my time in vain.” A wonderful brilliant blue lattice-work basket with flower blossoms floating above it further decorates the sampler. The composition features large alphabets above the lower register and a sharp inner border, along with a fine outer border of brightly-colored strawberries on a teal blue vine. Julia would certainly have been between the age of 12 and 15 when she made this sampler.

Much is known and published about the early history of the Van Keuren family, which is of Dutch origin and was in America by 1668. By the early 1700s, much of the family had settled in eastern New York state. Julia may have married Andrew Thomas McClyman and lived in Schenectady.

Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and remains in a fine, period mahogany frame.


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