Rare embroidered plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia

susanna wilkinson atkinson, aged 14 years, alexandria, va, dated, "180


After a plan of the city drawn by Pierre Charles L'Enfant and Andrew Ellicott, published by James Thackara and John Vallance of Philadelphia, 1792, worked with silk threads, watercolor and ink on a silk ground, the needles inserted below inscription, framed.

21 in. x 35 1/2 in. (sight)


By descent in a Virginia family to the present owner.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

A Susanna W. Atkinson married Jesse A. Bonner in Brunswick, Virginia, January 3, 1816.

The fourth known Plan of the City of Washington embroidery; others are found in the collections of Dumbarton House--The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Winterthur Museum and Colonial Williamsburg.
Literature: Allen, Gloria Seaman. Columbia's Daughters: Girlhood Embroidery from the District of Columbia, (2012), pp. 58-67.

Sold for $112,500 (buyer's premium included)