Their Manners Pleasing and Their Education Complete: Newport Samplers 1728 - 1835 and Newport Furniture from the Ott Collection
By popular demand, the Newport Historical Society is pleased to announce the return of the exhibit from the 2012 Newport Antiques Show, Their Manners Pleasing, and Their Education Complete; Newport Samplers 1728-1835 now through February 24, 2012, at the Society’s restored Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House.
The exhibit, featuring eighteenth and early nineteenth century samplers from the Society’s textiles collection, reflects the evolution of Newport needlework over the course of a century and includes examples of the different types of samplers that a girl might produce during her lifetime. “Sampler-making was a vital part of a young woman’s education in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries,” explains Jessie MacLeod, exhibit curator and Newport Historical Society Buchanan/Burnam intern. “Stitching a plain sampler helped a girl practice her sewing skills, and elaborate pieces of fancy needlework served as evidence of a young lady’s refinement and accomplishment.”
Most decorative samplers were made in female academies, where pupils learned needlework along with subjects like reading, arithmetic, painting, and music. Frances Townsend ran one such school for the daughters of Newport’s elite, promising in a 1787 advertisement that her instruction would “render their Manners pleasing, and their Education complete.” Newport samplers are well-known for their lively and distinctive designs and many fine examples will be exhibited. Their Manners Pleasing, and Their Education Complete is generously sponsored by Woodbury Auction, LLC, the auction services division of Thomas Schwenke, Inc.
The exhibit, which initially debuted during the weekend of the Newport Antiques Show, August 12 – 14, 2011, can be viewed in the restored 1730 Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House, attached to the Newport Historical Society headquarters at 82 Touro Street. The exhibit is open to the public through February 24, 2011, Monday through Friday, 10am to 3pm. (Closed February 20, 2012.) Admission is by donation.
For those that cannot travel to see the exhibit, the Society is pleased to announce that many of the samplers from the NHS collections are now available through the online database. To explore the database visit: http://bit.ly/newportsamplers.
In addition to the samplers, the Newport Historical Society is pleased to share two items from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ott of Providence. The two pieces are on a long-term loan to the Society and are currently on display in the restored 1730 Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House.
Chair, Circa 1745
Table, Circa 1800
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