Sarah B. Hutchinson

Irish Samplers

Sarah B. Hutchinson

1831

Waterford, Ireland

Description:

This is a Quaker-styled sampler that exhibits excellent composition and extremely fine lettering worked in crisp fonts.

The stitches are of deep, blue silk forming many alphabets and numerical progressions. One unique feature of this sampler is the line of ligatures. Ligatures were originally used by Medieval scribes to conserve space. A ligature is made by joining two or more characters in a way they wouldn't usually be, either by merging their parts, writing one above another or one inside another. It was continued in use even with the invention of the movable type press in 1450. Ligature usage did not decline until the more widespread use of sans serif type in the 1950's.

Size (W x H): 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Stitches: Cross

Media: Silk on wool

Genealogy:

Sarah Blain was born 26 September 1820 in Waterford, Ireland. She was the daughter of Thomas Hutchinson and Jane Blain. In 1849 Sarah married George Penrose Houghton.

Verse:

Sarah B Hutchinson Waterford
1831

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The Newtown School of Waterford, a town approx. 75 miles SW of Dublin was a contemporary of early Quaker Schools in England such as Ackworth. It is not known for sure if Sarah attended the Newtown School.

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