Darning sampler

Object Number: 
1913.7
Date: 
1810
Medium: 
Linen, silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. ( 31.1 x 26 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: on right side, within alphabet work, in blue floss: "New York 1810 / Fair Street July 31st" embroidered: bottom section, in blue floss: "Joanna DePeyster CooPer / 14 Years of Age"
Description: 
Vertical rectangular linen darning sampler with various colors of silk floss; various darning stitches simulating woven patterns across top border in satin-stitched checkerboard, herringbone, twill and plain weave patterns; horizontal rows of five different patterned alphabets and numbers separated by rows of various stitches in center; inscription of date, place, name and age, "New York 1810 Fair Street July 31st Joanna De Peyster Cooper 14 years of age"; verse at bottom; stitches include cross, eyelet or queen's, satin and Maltese cross.
Gallery Label: 
Joanna's sampler gives her New York City address as Fair Street, renamed Fulton Street in 1816. She was the daughter of prominent Dutch Reform minister Rev. Gerardus Kuypers and later the wife of Dr. Peter Van Zandt. Interestingly, Joanna chose to stitch the anglicized version of her family name-"Cooper"-rather than the Dutch "Kuypers."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Johanna Kuypers Sluyter
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group