Mary Ann Gardner,

Mary Ann Gardner,

Nine Partners Quaker Boarding School,
Dutchess County, New York, 1834

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sampler size: 16¼” x 19¼” • framed size: 19½” x 22½” • sold

The Nine Partners Boarding School was a very early and well-regarded Quaker school, established in 1796 and located in the village of Mechanic, Dutchess County, New York. The school attracted students from local families and many who traveled quite a distance to attend. Early samplers made by female students there exhibit the strong Quaker characteristics found on samplers from the other fine Friends schools and are sought after by collectors today.

Mary Ann Gardner was born in 1818 to Joshua, a lumberman, and Jane (Doughty) Gardner, the eldest of their four children. Joshua’s father, Resolved Gardner, was a notable farmer and can be traced by Monthly Meeting records from Nantucket to Oblong, Dutchess County. Mary Ann went on to marry Samuel Adams and they had four children. The family resided in Hyde Park and Mary Ann died in 1891 at the age of 73; she’s buried there at Crum Elbow Cemetery along with her husband who died in 1884 also at the age of 73.

In 1834 at the age of 16 she stitched this beautifully composed sampler at Nine Partners Boarding School, which she attended after her father’s death in 1829. Her sampler resembles another known Nine Partners sampler made during the 1830s, both of these are more pictorial than the earlier Quaker motif samplers made at the school and both include specific shaded trees. Miss Gardner’s sampler features an unusual large central flower, which adds to the lovely, airy composition.

Worked in silk on linen, this sampler remains in very good condition, with slight darkening to the linen. It has been conservation mounted into a mahogany veneered period frame.

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