Celia Crosby,

Celia Crosby,

Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut,1820

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sampler size: 16" x 22" • framed size: 20” x 26” • sold

An excellent, large sampler with a praiseworthy house set in an engaging horizontal scene, this was worked by Celia Crosby, age 12 in 1820. She lived in Thompson, Windham County, a small town in the northeast corner of Connecticut. The scene of the house flanked by baskets of fruit, leafy trees and a white picket fence is wonderfully detailed and features fine needlework, as does the border of berries on an undulating leafy vine. The verse that Celia used to fill the lower register is from Paradise Lost and was published in The Poetical Works of John Milton.

Celia signed her sampler at the end of the alphabet on the fourth line, her age appears above that and the year, 1820, just above that. Born circa 1808, she was the daughter of Elijah (1756-1831) and Celia (Bates, 1761-1849) Crosby. The Crosby family is chronicled in Colonial Families of the United States of America in Which is Given the History, Genealogy and Armorial Bearings of the Colonial Families Who Settled in the American Colonies From the Time of the Settlement of Jamestown, 13th May 1607 to the Battle of Lexington, 19th April, 1775 by George Norbury Mackenzie (Seaforth Press, 1917). Thomas Crosby (1575-1661) was born in England and family tradition states that he came over in 1638, settling in Rowley, Massachusetts. His great-grandson, Nathaniel Crosby removed to Thompson, Connecticut in the early 18th century and Nathaniel’s son, Captain Stephen Crosby (Celia’s grandfather) was, according to the publication referenced above, “one of the most prominent men of his day in Thompson and represented his town in the Legislature of 1776 as Representative; at the first call of the Lexington Alarm,” and died in the retreat through Harlem. Celia died in 1828 at age 20 and is buried in West Thompson Cemetery along with family members.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is a fine 19th century gold leaf frame.

 

 

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