Collecting American samplers in Southern California

Memorial to John Allen

By Elizabeth Robinson Allen (1792-1816)

Barre, Massachusetts, 1811. Silk and water­color on paper on silk, 13 by 14 ½ inches. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Gail-Oxford promised gift.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Captain John and Hannah Robinson Allen (b. 1767). Her mother and father's families lived in Barre, Massachusetts, a rural com­munity in the central part of the state, where they married in 1788. The eldest daughter of their seven children, Elizabeth stitched this tender tribute to her father when she was nineteen. She died just five years later in 1816, at twenty-four.


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