Deborah Caroline Stockholm,

Deborah Caroline Stockholm,

Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York, 1841

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sampler size: 16½” x 10½” • framed size: 22” x 16” • sold

A very pleasing sampler with an excellent townscape in the lower register, this is signed, “Deborah Caroline Stockholm Aged 12 years Performed by her in the year 1841.”  She was born March 25, 1829 to Andrew and Maria (Weeks) Stockholm of Fishkill, a village in Dutchess County. Of early Dutch ancestry, the Stockholm family had been in America by seven generations at that point; Deborah’s ancestors were in New Amsterdam by 1649. In 1863, Deborah married Duryea Van Wyck (1827-1898), a farmer who was also from an early Dutch family. They remained in Fishkill and one child, a daughter, Ella, born in 1865. The area is steeped in the history of Deborah’s family – just northeast of Fishkill is the hamlet of Brinckerhoff which is the family name of her paternal grandmother and Van Wyck Meadow, named for her husband's family, is adjacent to Brinkerhoff. Deborah lived to be 87 and is buried in Hopewell Cemetery along with many Stockholm and Van Wyck family members.

The sampler presents a series of alphabets and a stylized Greek key band at the top and bottom. It is worked in silk and wool on linen and is in excellent condition, conservation mounted, and in a beveled tiger maple frame with a black bead.

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