Kitty Dubel, age 14
Part of an important group of samplers from Burlington County, New Jersey that share a splendid stately home on a lawn with various animals under shimmering skies. This group also share graceful borders, the black and white rooster, the swans and a backwards looking fox.
This sampler has red flowers with leaves done in tambour work. Kitty was 14 when she completed this piece.
Size (W x H): 22 1/4 x 25 inches
Stitches: Queen's, cross, satin, outline, chain
Media: Silk on linen
Born in 1808 in Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey Kitty was the fifth of 10 children born to John and Catherine Matson Dubel.
The Dubel family were amongst the early pioneer of Burlington County. Kitty married Jonathan Johnson in 1855, at age 47. She died in 1883.
Kitty Dubel s work
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(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)
This sampler was in the Plimpton-Smith Collection for over 80 years. The Plimpton-Smith Collection was exhibited in New York in 1909. Betty Ring writes about this collection of samplers in Girlhood Embroidery, Vol. II, Quaker Samplers of Burlington County (pages 476-485), illustrating several examples that have been part of highly important collections from the early 20th century on. The significance of this group, within the field of American samplers, would be difficult to overstate. Please see our bibliography for additional details on this book.