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SWAN DOWNER'S SCHOOL, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND MAP OF PALESTINE NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER

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SWAN DOWNER'S SCHOOL, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND MAP OF PALESTINE NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER, silk on linen, titled "PALESTINE" in the upper left corner, below featuring a map with regions divided, including Judea, Samaria, Galilee, and the "Salt Sea" or the Dead Sea, signed in the lower right "Philadelphia Measor / Swan Downer's School / Aged 15 Years / 1848". Unframed, stitched onto a mat. Dated 1848. 13 1/2" x 17 3/4" object, 14 1/4" x 18 1/2" OA.
Catalogue Note: Swan Downer's School was established around 1819 in Brighton with the endowment by Mr. Swan Downer (1734-1816), a Brighton man who made his wealth as a trader in London. In his 1811 will, Downer left over 10,000 pounds to establish a charity school to provide education to poor girls and clothing for poor adults. The school was originally located on 12 Gardner St. in Brighton, then it moved to Windsor St. in 1859, and finally to Dyke Rd. in 1867 where it remained until 1939. On p. 324 in Life in Brighton: from the earliest times to the present, Clifford Musgraves reports, "The schoolgirls wore a uniform of blue frocks with white collars and cuffs."
The maker is identified as Philadelphia Measor (Measer), who was born around 1833 or 1834 in Brighton, Sussex, England to parents John Measor (1794-1872) and Philadelphia Cooper (1800-1872). She married William Mason Shaw (1835-1912) on July 16, 1861, and the couple had two daughters, Louisa and Amy. On the 1871 and 1881 English Census for Streat, Sussex, Philadelphia has "Schoolmistress" as her profession or occupation. In the 1891 English Census for Broadwater, she and her husband were living with their daughter Amy and son-in-law Charlie Tester, and, shortly after, Philadelphia died in 1893.
Condition Report: Stitching in excellent overall condition, linen having some toning, edges with some tears and holes. Not examined off of mat.

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SWAN DOWNER'S SCHOOL, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND MAP OF PALESTINE NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER, silk on linen, titled "PALESTINE" in the upper left corner, below featuring a map with regions divided, including Judea, Samaria, Galilee, and the "Salt Sea" or the Dead Sea, signed in the lower right "Philadelphia Measor / Swan Downer's School / Aged 15 Years / 1848". Unframed, stitched onto a mat. Dated 1848. 13 1/2" x 17 3/4" object, 14 1/4" x 18 1/2" OA.
Catalogue Note: Swan Downer's School was established around 1819 in Brighton with the endowment by Mr. Swan Downer (1734-1816), a Brighton man who made his wealth as a trader in London. In his 1811 will, Downer left over 10,000 pounds to establish a charity school to provide education to poor girls and clothing for poor adults. The school was originally located on 12 Gardner St. in Brighton, then it moved to Windsor St. in 1859, and finally to Dyke Rd. in 1867 where it remained until 1939. On p. 324 in Life in Brighton: from the earliest times to the present, Clifford Musgraves reports, "The schoolgirls wore a uniform of blue frocks with white collars and cuffs."
The maker is identified as Philadelphia Measor (Measer), who was born around 1833 or 1834 in Brighton, Sussex, England to parents John Measor (1794-1872) and Philadelphia Cooper (1800-1872). She married William Mason Shaw (1835-1912) on July 16, 1861, and the couple had two daughters, Louisa and Amy. On the 1871 and 1881 English Census for Streat, Sussex, Philadelphia has "Schoolmistress" as her profession or occupation. In the 1891 English Census for Broadwater, she and her husband were living with their daughter Amy and son-in-law Charlie Tester, and, shortly after, Philadelphia died in 1893.
Condition Report: Stitching in excellent overall condition, linen having some toning, edges with some tears and holes. Not examined off of mat.

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