Angelina Douglas,

Angelina Douglas,

 Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, 1826

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sampler size: 18" x 17¾" framed size: 22" x 22¼" • price: $3200

A fine sampler, this was made by Angelina Douglas of Wilton, New Hampshire in 1826. Her pictorial register features a house and willow tree, wonderful oversized flower arrangement in a checkerboard basket and a bird perched on an urn, all on a grassy lawn. A border of stylized and angular flowers frames the composition well.

Angelina was born circa 1810 / 1811, the daughter of Deacon Samuel and Sarah (Seaver) Douglas. Her earliest ancestor in New England was Samuel Douglas who was born in Scotland in 1652. In 1831 Angelina married Reuben Houston, a farmer, and they had 8 children. Anglina died in 1876 and is buried in East Cemetery in Temple, New Hampshire.

Notably, another sampler - dated 1823 - made by Angelina is mentioned in the book, American Samplers by Bolton and Coe (The Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Boston, 1921). 

Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a figured maple frame.


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