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Sampler
1831
Embroiderer:Embroidered by Elizabeth Potter Moore , American, 1822 - 1852
Primary Dimensions (height x width of visible ground): 14 x 16 3/4in. (35.6 x 42.5cm) Primary Dimensions (height x width framed): 15 3/4 x 19in. (40 x 48.3cm)
Credit Line: The Newman S. Hungerford Museum Fund
Gallery Copy: Nine-year-old Elizabeth Potter Moore organized her sampler into nine octagonal frames ringing a central landscape. Each corner picture is different (notice the fashionably dressed woman and girl strolling at lower left). The central panel likely depicts the Norwichtown green, site of the original Norwich settlement in 1659. Four buildings correspond to historic structures lining the green (clockwise from left): the one-story Lathrop schoolhouse (built 1782); the First Congregational Church’s fifth meetinghouse (built 1801), the old Norwich courthouse (a tall, five-bay structure built in 1762), and a substantial dwelling house, identified as a tavern by the sign hanging from a corner post (possibly the Carew-Huntington tavern, as rebuilt after 1758).
Object Number: 2008.3.0
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