Silk-on-Linen Pictorial Sampler
Worked by Martha Mortimer Starr, Middletown, Connecticut, 1791
Signed and dated Martha Mortimer Starr Middletown 1791. Height 16 1/2 inches, width 15 1/4 inches.
Stephen & Carol Huber, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, 2003
Depicted in the exhibition and book With Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroidery From the Connecticut River Valley, 1740-1840, pl. 6 p. 28.
This early Middletown example includes a large house and a boy tending animals. There is speculation by Huber, that this could have been Starr's house. The meandering border and large central pictorial differs from the other Middletown, CT examples on offer, giving an indication of how quickly the design styles changed in three and a half decades. Places such as Middletown in the eighteenth century met the inhabitants demand for cultural accomplishment. There is no instructor known, but it is clear that there was a vast knowledge of embroidery.
Martha Mortimer Starr was born circa 1777 to George and Anna C. Starr. She married John Lawrence Lewis in 1799, whom she later divorced. She died May 7, 1848.
C Property from the Estate of a Private Collector
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