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With Needle and Brush
Schoolgirl Embroidery from the Connecticut River Valley, 1740–1840
Carol Huber, Stephen Huber, Susan P. Schoelwer, Amy Kurtz Lansing; Jeffrey Andersen, fwd.




Florence Griswold Museum
2011 • 112 pp. 89 color illus. 9 x 11"
American Art / Women's Studies

$35.00 Paperback, 978-0-9830532-1-7
$60.00 Hardcover, 978-0-9830532-0-0

$27.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7229-5

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First book to explore schoolgirl needlework of the Connecticut River Valley

The Connecticut River Valley was an important center for the teaching and production of embroidered pictures by young women in private academies from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century. This book identifies the distinctive styles developed by teachers and students at schools throughout the valley, from Connecticut and Massachusetts to Vermont and New Hampshire. Needlework was a means of instilling the values of citizenship, faith, knowledge, and patriotism into girls who would become mothers in the early republic. This book describes and illustrates how these embroideries provide insight into the nature of women’s schooling at this time. Over the course of their education, girls undertook progressively more complex and difficult needlework. Before the age of ten, they stitched elementary samplers on linen. As the culmination of their studies, they executed elaborate samplers, memorials, and silk pictures as evidence of the skills and accomplishments befitting a lady. Proudly displayed as enticements to potential suitors, these pieces affirmed a young woman’s mastery of the polite arts, which encompassed knowledge of religious and literary themes as well as art and music.

This publication has been made possible through the generous support of The Coby Foundation, Ltd., the Connecticut Humanities Council, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund, and several private donors.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“The Hubers have brought together an exquisite collection of schoolgirl embroideries and watercolors, enhancing our understanding of early female education and regional artistic style. Their introduction and gloriously illustrated catalogue provides significant historic, stylistic, and family context. Susan Schoelwer’s insightful essay on the Patten School in Hartford reveals its family background, duration, and wide influence.”Gloria Seaman Allen, author of A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery 1738–1860

With Needle and Brush presents a stunning group of schoolgirl artwork from the Connecticut River Valley. The sheer beauty of the needlework is underpinned by new and important research, and I am particularly delighted to see connections made between needlework and watercolors. This book is a very important contribution to the field.”Linda Eaton, director of collections and senior curator of textiles, Winterthur Museum



CAROL AND STEPHEN HUBER are leading experts and dealers in the field of American and schoolgirl needlework, with a gallery in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. The Hubers have contributed articles to publications such as Antiques and Fine Arts and are the authors of How to Compare and Value Samplers. They have lectured extensively for the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, the Bard Graduate Center, and the Peabody Essex Museum, among others, and have advised museums and historical societies on their collections. SUSAN P. SCHOELWER is a curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, Mount Vernon, Virginia and the author of Connecticut Needlework. AMY KURTZ LANSING is the curator at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 12:56:21 -0500