Lucy Ann Carpenter
Very fine genealogical sampler assumed to be from Miss Mary Rea's school in Portland, Maine. It features a lavish floral border with vibrant blue highlights. The lower portion has an exquisite church, a running picket fence, two other buildings and the leaning willow trees that are also typical of work from Miss Rea's school.
Pictures of the back of sampler give an idea of the quality of the stitching. The piece is in excellent condition with no holes or thread loss.
An exhibit of Maine schoolgirl needlework of the Federal era entitled I My Needle Ply With Skill was shown at the Saco Museum and Dyer Library through March 2, 2013. A catalog of the exhibit is available at http://www.sacomuseum.org/mus_home.shtml.
Size (W x H): 16 3/4 x 22 3/4 inches
Stitches: Cross, satin, eyelet, four-sided, outline
Media: Silk on linen
The Carpenter family is a significant one in Portland, Maine, and can trace their history back to Archelus Carpenter, of St. John's New Brunswick, who migrated to Maine in the 1700's.
Lucy married Edward Smith Cory on 23 November 1848 in Eastport, Washington County, Maine. They had three children: George Edward (25 September 1849), Lucy Emma (28 November 1851) and Elizabeth (7 July 1854), all born in Eastport. She passed away 29 January 1892.
Charles S Carpenter born Augt 9 1791
Lucy A Tremeere born April 9 1796
Married Dec 8 1814
Mary H Carpenter born Decr 4 1816
Lucy A Carpenter born May 19 1818
Charles W Carpenter born Octr 19 1820
George F Carpenter born June 10 1823
Hannah E Carpenter born April 8 1826
John S Carpenter born Feby 17 1829
Emma L Carpenter born Octr 18 1831
Wrought by Lucy A Carpenter
(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)
Samplers from Miss Rea's school in Portland, Maine are known for their large size and depiction of historic Maine buildings as well as their unusual watercolor embellishment and dazzling floral borders. Betty Ring addresses this school in great detail in Girlhood Embroidery, Volume I.