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Photo: Courtesy Newark Museum, N.J., purchase 1978 Anonymous Fund, 78.119
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Frame for embroidered needlework Aurora

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Retailer Peter Grinnell and Son, active 1809–1828
Maker William T. Grinnell, 1788–1835
(needlework) Abigail Eddy, 1800–1880


Overall: 23 1/4 27 1/4 24 in. (59.06 69.22 60.96 cm)



Current location

Newark Museum


Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Gilded white pine; glass


"PETER GRINNELL & SON, / PROVIDENCE, / Nearly opposite the Providence Bank, / HAVE FOR SALE, / An Assortment of elegant Gilt and Mahogany Framed / LOOKING GLASSES. / ALSO, / WINDOW-GLASS, of every size; large SHEET GLASS, which / they cut to any pattern; PAINTS, of all kinds; LINSEED, LAMP / and WHALE OIL ; BAR and SHEET LEAD, with a good assort / ment of / SHIP-CHANDLERY. / PORTRAIT, EMBROIDERY, and all kinds of PICTURE and / LOOKING-GLASS FRAMING executed in the neatest manner. / LIKEWISE, / OIL and BURNISH GILDING, HOUSE, SHIP, SIGN and ORNA / MENTAL PAINTING.," printed in black ink, on a paper label glued to backboard; "W. T. G. 1813," incised, on glass mat


"Abby Eddy," in black paint, on gold border; and "Aurora," in gold on black paint border on glass mat


Abigail Eddy (1800–1880), Providence, Rhode Island, 1813. Stradlings Antiques, New York, before 1978; sold to Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, 1978

Associated names

Abigail Eddy
The Stradlings


Betty Ring, "Peter Grinnell and Son: Merchant-Craftsmen of Providence, Rhode Island," Antiques 117, no. 1 (January 1980): 213, 214, pl. II, fig. 4–6.
Betty Ring, Let Virtue Be a Guide to Thee: Needlework in the Education of Rhode Island Women, 1730–1830, exh. cat. (Providence, R. I.: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1983), 194–95, no. 97, ill.