Item/Auction Attributes

silk on linen,
Dated 1814 and 1835.
Each in good to very good visual condition with light toning to linen, some thread with fading/fugitive color, scattered losses and breaks mostly to floral border and foliate motifs, a few to several scattered holes on linen; frames with minor wear, surface scratches, and other imperfections. Martha example with small holes along edges from stretcher, as made. Not examined out of frames.
Martha example 18 1/4" x 21" sight; Susan example 17 1/8" x 19 1/4" sight; each frame 24 7/8" x 28 1/8" OA.
Catalogue Note: Identified as sisters Martha Wilson (1801-1873) and Susan Paine (Payne) Wilson (1823-1903), born to parents William Wilson (1772-1833) and Elizabeth Rand (1781-1870), who married in Rindge, New Hampshire on April 30th, 1799. Their parents moved to Marlborough, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts some time in the first decade of the 19th century and had 11 children within the span of almost 25 years. Martha married Truman Morse (1798-1843) of Boston on November 14th, 1828, and they remained in Massachusetts until their deaths. Martha is buried alongside her husband at Evergreen Cemetery in Marlborough, MA. Susan married Henry W. Dickinson (1818-1895) of Boston on October 30th, 1845, and they eventually moved westward to Gilroy, Santa Clara Co., California. They are buried together at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park in Gilroy, CA. The identity of L. Brigham is undetermined. On p. 207, "American Samplers" by Bolton and Coe notes a 1818 sampler by Hannah Peters of Marlborough that also features "Under the care of L. Brigham". In 2021, Skinner, Inc. listed a c. 1805 sampler by a Lucy Brigham (b. 1798) of Marlborough (8/18/2021, lot 1407), who may possibly be related to this unidentified instructor.
Literature: For a similar sampler by Caroline Darling from Marlborough, MA, see M. Finkel & Daughter - Samplings: XXXI, p. 6.