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Hood family pattern book and related material.

England, ca. 1822
Physical Description:
1 volume (94 leaves) ; 26 x 20 cm and 28 items
Rare Books and Manuscripts
MSS 52 (in process)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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The pattern book is bound in contemporary half leather and marbled boards. The papter is watermarked "BUDGEN 1815."
Manuscript pattern book, together with a packet of patterns on paper, newspaper and card, with handwritten instructions, armorial designs for needlework including the Hood family, and a design for an altar cloth with the note (twice) “pattern for an altar cloth worked by Jane Viscountess Hood for Cricket St. Thomas” (Somerset). Each page bears one or more designs for needlework or lace patterns drawn in ink with gray wash highlights.
The volume is inscribed: "Miss Hood 1822." It could be the work of Jane Viscountess Hood, formerly Wheler (also Wheeler), who was born about 1754 in Whitley, Warwickshire, England. She was the daughter of Francis Wheler and an unknown mother. She married Henry, Viscount Hood on September 10, 1774 and died December 6, 1847 in Whitley, Warwickshire, England. She was the mother of Samuel (Hood) Viscount Bridport and of Jane Sarah Hood (1817-1907) who is the other possible candidate for the creator of this work. The 1822 “Miss Hood” date in the front of the book is somewhat of a puzzle. If the book belonged to Jane Sarah Hood, she would have been only 5 years of age, and if it belonged to Jane, wife of Henry, she would be unlikely to call herself “miss.”
Subject Terms:
Hood family.
Hood, Jane, Viscountess, 1754-1847.
Hotham, Jane Sarah, Lady, 1817-1907.
Lace and lace making -- Patterns.
Needlework -- Patterns.
Pattern books.
Ink drawings.
Hood, Jane, Viscountess, 1754-1847.
Hotham, Jane Sarah, Lady, 1817-1907.

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