Sally Robinson,

Sally Robinson,

probably Bennington, Vermont, 1797

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sampler size: 21¼” x 15½” • frame size: 25½” x 19¾” • price: $4300 $3010

This large and very nicely worked sampler, with its many pictorial motifs, alphabets and horizontal bands, is signed, “Sally Robinson Aged 9 Years 1797.” Several notable features found on the sampler - specifically the large white dove, outlined in black, the little black dogs, pine trees, a pyramid of fruit in basket and a fully worked panel containing the inscription - point to the distinct possibility that Sally was living and working in Bennington, Vermont; we are grateful to Jamie Franklin, curator of the Bennington Museum in Vermont, for calling this to our attention. While the white dove is also a signature motif of a group of samplers from Deerfield, Massachusetts, Mr. Franklin referred us to other Bennington samplers that resemble our Robinson sampler, with the white dove outlined in black as their central motif.

The Robinson family is an important one with deep roots in Bennington. Memorials of a Century Embracing a Record of Individuals and Events Chiefly in The Early History of Bennington, VT and its First Church, by Isaac Jennings (Boston, 1869), includes much information, beginning with Samuel Robinson (1707-1767). He was the, “acknowledged leader in the band of pioneers in the settlement of the town; and continued to exercise almost a controlling authority in the affairs of the town, the remainder of his life.” Residing in Bennington by 1733, Samuel held many prominent positions in the town and the colony. Additionally, his son Moses Robinson (1741-1813) was the second Governor of the State.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted into a beveled cherry frame.

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