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American (Frederick County, Virginia), late 18th century. A silk and chenille embroidery depicting a couple, the woman holding a rake and wearing a broad-rimmed hat, the man seated on a haystack, holding a pitchfork and flanked by a dog, underneath a willow tree, with a farm house in the background, framed; 15.25 x 12.25 in. (sight).
Accompanied by a typed ownership history dated 1923, framed. According to the typed document, "[i]t is the family's belief that this embroidery was done by Mildred Washington and carefully preserved by Nancy Newton Collins and therefore was doubtless worked earlier than 1800." Mildred Gregory Washington (1777-1805) was George Washington's niece, the daughter of his brother Charles. Mildred married Captain Thomas Hammond but died in childbirth in 1805. Their son, who was raised by Captain Hammond's second wife Nancy Newton Collins, married Sarah Ann Taylor in 1836. They had two daughters, Mary Mildred Hammond, who married Algernon Sydney Sullivan, and Florinda J. Hammond, who married John Boyle Tilford. Mary Mildred Hammond Sullivan gifted the embroidery, which had descended in the family, to her niece Elizabeth Keferstein, in 1923. The document was typed and signed by George Hammond Sullivan, son of Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Hammond Sullivan.
This embroidery is a rare and important example of early American folk art and was cherished in the family among the "relics and souvenirs of past generations" emphasizing its "value to the public at large and in aiding to give a background to the ever advancing present and in reminding present generations that they owe their present condition to the efforts of those that came before."
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