Spinning Wool, Virginia, ca. 1853

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Image Reference

Lewis Miller, Sketchbook of Landscapes in the State of Virginia, 1853-1867. Courtesy, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia; image D0S2005-PC-700.

Caption above sketch, "Represents Our next door neighbor, A litle black girl spinning wool"; below, "O carry me back, O carry me back, to old Virginia--Shore, home Spun, and human [?] block, & corn, this very valuable grain in Virginia and much is raised." Left, a female working a spinning wheel (a sheep is in the lower left hand corner); center, a man with a large yellow (straw?) hat holding a hoe and a banner on which is written "Protect and Encourage domestic & native industry"; right, man churning butter.