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With Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroidery from the Connecticut River Valley, 1740-1840 by Carol Huber, Amy Kurtz Lansing, Jeffrey Andersen, Susan P. Schoelwer, Stephen Huber (Paperback, 2011)
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- DescriptionThe Connecticut River Valley was an important center for the teaching and production of embroidered pictures by young women in private academies from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century. This book identifies the distinctive styles developed by teachers and students at schools throughout the valley, from Connecticut and Massachusetts to Vermont and New Hampshire. Needlework was a means of instilling the values of citizenship, faith, kwledge, and patriotism into girls who would become mothers in the early republic. This book describes and illustrates how these embroideries provide insight into the nature of women's schooling at this time. Over the course of their education, girls undertook progressively more complex and difficult needlework. Before the age of ten, they stitched elementary samplers on linen. As the culmination of their studies, they executed elaborate samplers, memorials, and silk pictures as evidence of the skills and accomplishments befitting a lady. Proudly displayed as enticements to potential suitors, these pieces affirmed a young woman's mastery of the polite arts, which encompassed kwledge of religious and literary themes as well as art and music. This publication has been made possible through the generous support of The Coby Foundation, Ltd., the Connecticut Humanities Council, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, and several private dors.
- Author BiographyCAROL AND STEPHEN HUBER are leading experts and dealers in the field of American and schoolgirl needlework, with a gallery in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. The Hubers have contributed articles to publications such as Antiques and Fine Arts and are the authors of How to Compare and Value Samplers. They have lectured extensively for the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, the Bard Graduate Center, and the Peabody Essex Museum, among others, and have advised museums and historical societies on their collections. SUSAN P. SCHOELWER is a curator at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, Mount Vernon, Virginia and the author of Connecticut Needlework. AMY KURTZ LANSING is the curator at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
- Author(s)Amy Kurtz Lansing,Carol Huber,Jeffrey Andersen,Stephen Huber,Susan P. Schoelwer
- PublisherFlorence Griswold Museum
- Date of Publication15/10/2011
- SubjectHandicrafts, Arts & Crafts
- Place of PublicationOld Lyme
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFlorence Griswold Museum
- Content Note, colour illustrations, colour plates
- Weight575 g
- Width229 mm
- Height585 mm
- Spine9 mm
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