Collecting American samplers in Southern California


By Ann Gibson (b. 1792)

Westtown School, ChesterCounty, Pennsylvania, 1806. Silk and flax on linen, 8 5/16 inches square. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Mary Jaene and Jim Edmonds; photograph Museum Associates/LACMA licensed by Art Re­source, New York.

This darning sampler displays the fundamental qualities of usefulness, plainness, and simplicity associated with Quaker needlework. Gibson was a student at the Westtown School, established in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1799.

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[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi

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