Juliann Wilson, Nottingham West,

Juliann Wilson, Nottingham West,

New Hampshire, 1818

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sampler size: 17¾” x 16¾” • frame size: 22” x 21” • price: $3800

Juliann Wilson’s sampler evidences a direct and appealing folky nature. The free-form pictorial scene centers on a little tree with two fat birds flanked by a pair of unusual and whimsical flower pots on legs, with handles akimbo. Small hearts and little birds embellish space between the hillocks with stylized pine trees anchoring at right and left. Large-blossomed flowers decorate the border and fill the flower pots. Along with alphabets is the inscription, “Juliann Wilson Born Feb. 3rd. 1807 & Wrought this 1818.” Juliann, age 11, was a nicely accomplished needleworker.

The Wilson family lived in Nottingham West, a small town south of Manchester, at the Massachusetts border. In 1830 the town changed its name to Hudson and it is the History of Hudson, N. H., by Kimball Webster (Manchester, NH, 1913), as well as gravestones in the Blodgett Cemetery in Hudson, that provided specifics about the genealogy of Juliann. She was the daughter of Joseph B. and Phebe (Wyman) Wilson, who married on June 14, 1785. The town history indicates that Joseph was a farmer who also operated a saw and grain mill, long known as Wilson Mills, on Musquash Brook. He was active in civic affairs, serving on committees including those related to the forming of schoolhouses and repairs to be made to the church meetinghouse. Juliann died at age 21on November 8, 1828 and is buried along with her parents and some of her siblings in the Blodgett Cemetery.

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

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