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Lot 197


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WASHINGTON, DC NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER, wool on linen, eight full and three partial alphabet and numeral rows segmented by horizontal bands of decorative stitching, lower row signed "Anna Mary Wendell / Washington D.C. 1854", all encompassed by an undulating line border. Housed under glass in a vintage frame with note written on the back that reads, "ACID-FREE BACKING UNDER THIS - 4/1990". Dated 1854. 12 3/8" x 15 1/2" sight, 13 3/8" x 16 1/2" OA.
Catalogue Note: Identified as Anna Mary Wendell, who was born on September 8, 1845 in Albany, New York to parents Cornelius Wendell (1813-1870) and Mary Hinckley (1820-1909). Her father became a successful printer, beginning in the printing offices of Denio & Richards and Obadiah Van Benthuysen and, eventually, establishing a short-lived newspaper entitled The Albanian. In 1840, Cornelius published a Democratic campaign paper called The Plaindealer in association with George Vance. His journalistic connections led to his and his family's removal from New York to Washington, DC around 1851. There, Cornelius found immense success through his position as the government printer in Washington.
The couple had four daughters with only three surviving infanthood. Anna Mary married Franck Eveleigh Taylor (1843-1886) some time before 1870, and they had five children. Her husband was commissioned on August 5, 1861 into the U.S. Army 1st Light Artillery, gradually rising in the rankings to Brevet Major in 1864, and he continued his military service once the Civil War ended. After her husband died, Anna Mary appears to have settled in Poughkeepsie, NY, living with her unmarried daughter Dora N. until at least 1925. Anna Mary died on February 21, 1931 in Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia and is buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Washington, DC along with her parents.


Very good visual condition with linen having some light toning and a few stains, thread with a few scattered small losses, some thread with very light fading/fugitive color, frame with some wear and surface scratches. Not examined out of frame.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.
Alan Darby, Washington, DC.