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Object ID 1949.017.005
Object Name Sampler
Collection Textiles
Credit line Gift of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Delaware
Date 1734
Artist Rebecca Chalkley
Made Rebecca Chalkley
Description Unframed, embroidered needlework picture with Biblical commandments embroidered in red. The piece has a 1" wide pale blue border and the composition is divided by three columns with the text embroidered in the space between them. "Thomas Chalkley" is at the base of the left column. "Martha Chalkley" is at the base of the central column. The right column has "George Chalkley" just above the base but the base itself contains the maker's signature: "Rebecca Chalkley, her work in the year 1734." The columns themselves and the space above and below them are embroidered with floral decoration and two birds in flight.

Rebecca Chalkley (1722-1795) was born in Philadelphia, PA to Thomas Chalkley (1675-1741), and Martha Spicer Chalkley (1676-1749). She married Abel James of Philadelphia, a prominent Quaker merchant and member of Pennsylvania's provincial assembly, on April 9, 1747. One of their sons was prominent Philadelphia physician, Thomas Chalkley James (1766-1835).
Dimensions W-13.5 L-15.5 inches
Dimension Details
Subjects Needlework
People Chalkley, Rebecca
Chalkley, Thomas
Chalkley, Martha
Search Terms Samplers
Rebecca Chalkley
Eighteenth Century
Ten Commandments
Material Linen; wool & silk embroidery
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA