Hannah Boqua,

Hannah Boqua,

Gloucester County, New Jersey,1813

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sampler size: 16¾” x 10½” • framed size: 18¾” x 12½” • sold

This is a handsome sampler with a well-ordered composition and a very good vocabulary of stitches. It was made by Hannah Boqua who was the daughter of Rev. John and Martha (Carver) Boqua of southeastern New Jersey, living variously in Gloucester and Salem Counties – most likely depending on the church to which Reverend Boqua was assigned. The birth of Hannah’s younger sister, Catherine, in 1813, was noted to have taken place in Gloucester County, so the sampler would have been made there as well. 

Along with a lovely religious text that was much-published in the early 19th century, Hannah listed her family members on her sampler. Her “honoured parents” and her brothers and sisters, about whom she stitched, “May Virtue be their guide.” A fine row of queen’s-stitched strawberries follows and then a splendid basket of the same flanked by a pair of bluebirds. 

Hannah seems to have remained single and she died in 1842. The sampler descended to her sister, Margaret and then stayed in the family for several generations, as indicated by a note that was written on the back paper of the frame. 

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a molded and black painted frame. 



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