Portfolio Front and Back Covers, on Perforated Paper, Mrs. Julia D. Brown,

Portfolio Front and Back Covers, on Perforated Paper, Mrs. Julia D. Brown,

Morrisville, New York, 1836 

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each panel measures: 12½” x 9¾” • framed size: 19” x 27” • sold

An interesting form produced occasionally by avid needleworkers, generally not schoolgirls, in the 19thcentury is the portfolio – the front and back, wonderfully embellished, would have been bound together like a thin book and used to hold letters, sketches and personal papers. In this case these, the front and back, were framed and preserved at some point, a fortunate circumstance.  The front panel reads, “Mrs. Julia D. Brown PORTFOLIO,” and in tiny stitching, the back panel reads, “My Intimate friends / Are a chosen few / Our hearts to each other / Are honest and true Mrs. Julia A D Brown  Morrisville N. York 1836 [down the sides and along the bottom it reads] For friends sincere / Will never part / When love and true / Dwells in the heart.”

The maker was Julia D. Babcock,  born in 1801. She was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Clark) Babcock of Leyden, Franklin County, Massachusetts. In 1820, she married Clark Brown of Hopkinton, Rhode Island then New York State. They settled in Morrisville, Madison County, New York, where Mr. Brown was a harness maker and merchant, and they became the parents of nine children born between 1821 and 1840. A break between 1833 and 1838 seems to have allowed time for Mrs. Brown to find the time to produce this portfolio!

Worked in wool on early perforated paper, this is in excellent condition with one very minor break.

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