Friday, February 24, 2023

LET HER GO… & More


In August 2022, LET HER GO made a surprising & rare public appearance at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village.

RHW attendees were glad to see this 80+ year old hooked rug had been well taken care of, as they closely examined the primitive textures & colors of her background materials, the cute little hooked nose of the jockey & so many other details - that are only seen from up close & in person.

Another thing RHW attendees saw, when they looked at this wonderful rug, was... SPEED! Can you see it? You can almost hear Roger Huston – “The Voice” of harness racing, announce... "the mare is coming down to the wire." You can see the strength hooked into her legs & hooves, she could trample you! Great care was also taken to hook movement in the background too. Together they built a sense of quickness & urgency! It took skill & talent for the fiber artist to achieve this!

We don't believe that this rug had made a public appearance since the September 1974 - January 1975 Museum of American Folk Art Exhibit – Hooked Rugs in the Folk Art Tradition, in New York City. The exhibit was curated by antique dealers & hooked rug authorities Joel & Kate Kopp. The Kopps also included this marvelous Americana style hooked rug of a mare & her jockey in all of the printings of their popular book: American Hooked and Sewn Rugs, which debuted with that exhibit. Exhibit catalogue (1974) on left & all 3 editions of the book on right.

For those who have read the book:
Rug Hooking Traditions with James & Mercedes Hutchinson, you may recognize Let Her Go as one of James & Mercedes Hutchinson’s original designs. James first brought this rug to Parke-Bernet Galleries Auction in New York City & sold it in June, 1941. 

Joel & Kate Kopp were well liked in the antique world. They had a good relationship with their customers & other antique dealers. They were trendsetters in the 1970s, & soon they were known for starting a new trend "Collecting American Hooked Rugs." (What became an antique collecting trend simultaneously became a contemporary crafting trend.) It seemed they also had the "magic touch," whatever went into their America Hurrah shop went out.... customers loved it & quickly snatched it up! So, the Kopps put hooked rugs back on the map, so to speak. (See page 7 in the book for a tribute & photos of Joel & Kate/America Hurrah.) 

When it came time to gather rugs for the Museum of American Folk Art Exhibit, the Kopps asked some of their customers, whom they sold rugs too, to borrow them back for the exhibit. They also asked other antique dealers, who were now also buying & selling hooked rugs.
(While the Museum of Folk Art may have changed it's name & location over the years, it has had 2 significant hooked rug exhibits. The second was the Great Cover-Up: American Rugs on Beds, Tables & Floors in 2007.) 

In the small Exhibit Catalogue (several photos above-with the town on the cover), Let Her Go was listed as Exhibit #74 Hooked Rag on Burlap. --Lent by Hastings House Antiques-- (In the open Kopp book photo above, it states the same.) Therefore, we can assume that the Kopps borrowed this rug from Philip McNemer & Milon Barns of Hastings House Antiques in the charming town of Essex, Connecticut. For many decades, Philip & Milon lived in a picturesque spot along the Connecticut River & kept an antiques shop in the riverfront town of Essex. They also exhibited nationally at top antique shows.

Perhaps it was sometime around the excitement of the Museum of American Folk Art Exhibit that Let Her Go came to the attention of Sarah "Sally" Nelson of Storrs, Connecticut. Sally lived less than 50 miles from Hastings House Antiques. It seems likely that she was either a customer or familiar with the antique shop, as she had an affinity for Americana with a focus on collecting early lighting & country painted items. Upon looking at her collection closer... Her love of animals was clearly evident in her many oil paintings, windmill weights & weathervanes depicting horses, cows, cats & dogs. She loved furniture from Queen Anne, Chippendale periods, high chests, low boys, to country painted furniture. There was also great folk art, decoys, gameboards, baskets, weathervanes, samplers, & textiles. She loved Americana! And what could be more Americana than hooked rugs?

How do we know so much about her collection? A few years ago, sadly, Sally passed away & her estate came up for auction. Much of the above mentioned, was in that auction. Let Her Go along with 9 additional auction lots of hooked rugs were in that same estate auction. Here are photos of the other animal themed hooked rugs from Sally's auction.





So there you have it, the story or provenance of Let Her Go. There is still more that we don't know about her, a number of years that we can't account for her whereabouts. More to discovery. But in the meantime.... she is an outstanding piece of Americana. James & Mercedes did an amazing job in designing this piece. They selected a talented rug hooker (unknown) to carry out their design... "to a t" & we are left with a treasure. 

We thank Sally Nelson for taking such good care of Let Her Go, for all the years she had her. We thank the new owner for graciously loaning Let Her Go to the RHW 2022 Exhibit so we could have a chance to study & enjoy her! We look forward to seeing the Old Mare again soon!

We hope this rug & story inspires you to create fiber art!

Please do not copy... Let Her Go... 

she is an ORIGINAL... a James & Mercedes Hutchinson design. 

Thank you!


 Since the Let Her Go post appeared on our Blog, we received  questions about the other antique rugs that appeared in the RHW 2022 Exhibit, so here's MORE...

 Shed No Tears For A Sailors Bride Her Life Is Ner Monotonous. One Day He's Bidding Fond Adieu, The Next He's Coming Back To You, From London, Philadelphia, Singapore, Or Some Other Gay Metropolis.

Circa 1941

James & Mercedes Hutchinson

 Sailor's Bride Rug - Joys of a sailor's comings & goings. Depicts him & his bride, among canaries & flowers. He wraps his arm protectively around her. Over his shoulder is a parrot, over her shoulder is a nesting songbird. The words are carefully hooked.

 Hutchinson style - The sailor is a typically dapper & handsome gent, with a moustache. The bride is petite & modest/demure. Their clothing is stylish, down to her earrings. The unique Hutchinson inscription is perfectly expressed with trademark Hutchinson facial expressions!

Barbara Merry

RHW 2022 Feature Exhibit: MAINE:  HOOKED RUGS & FIBER ARTS acknowledged Barbara Merry (1923-2000) of Swanville, Maine, for she holds the title “Maine’s most collected hooked rugs!” In 2022, she passed away at the age of 100, but her hooked rugs were often mistaken for ones hooked in the 1800s. She fooled many, with her use of old materials & color removal techniques, as well as her primitive pictorial designs from childhood memories.

Cat & Dog


Barbara Merry

A charming cat & dog are the focal point in the center oval, with a subtle floral border, surrounded by a mottled background & hearts in the corner. Barbara's initials "BEM" are inside the oval. Typical of Barbara's folky style and colors.


Log Cabin with Bear

(top right)

Barbara Merry

A rugged Maine scene, a log cabin with smoke rising out of chimney, & a pond surrounded by pine trees. Typical of Barbara, & her folky style, the bear is almost as big as the cabin. Other cabins off in the distance. Her initials "BEM" are hooked into the rug, as her signature.

Lucy Barnard Trask

RHW 2022 Feature Exhibit: MAINE:  HOOKED RUGS & FIBER ARTS shared the fiber art, stories, & contributions of world-renowned Lucy Trask Barnard (1800-1898) of Dixfield, Maine – her hooked pictorials can be found in both the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC & the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine. Since her work can be documented back to her hometown & buildings (many still standing), along with her outstanding fiber art talents (color/design/technique) – Lucy’s MOMA works have said to be the most valuable hooked rugs in the United States.

Cherry Branch

Circa 1850 - 1898

Lucy Barnard Trask

An original hooked chair pad by Lucy Trask Barnard (1800-1898) - a branch from a Cherry tree. One of the last pieces still in Lucy's family collection - passed down to her great-great-great-granddaughter Karen, family genealogist. Karen donated several of Lucy's pieces to the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine.

Marguerite Zorach & Dahlov Ipcar

RHW 2022 Feature Exhibit: MAINE:  HOOKED RUGS & FIBER ARTS – shared the fiber art, stories, & contributions of notable Georgetown Island, Maine artists as Marguerite Zorach (1887-1968) & her daughter Dahlov Ipcar (1917-2017). Both were artists of many mediums, of which they both designed & created hooked rugs.

Still Life & Compote 

Circa 1915-1950

Marguerite Zorach

A rare original hooked rug designed & hooked by Marguerite Zorach. A still life & compote in the style that appears in so many of her other textiles/embroideries & paintings. A rare opportunity for attendees to see fiber art as this, on loan from a private collector.

An artist of many mediums, within and outside of fiber art. Marguerite was a master at applying her skills in each of those mediums. Her ease of using fiber versus paint to create a modern perspective on a still life is simply remarkable. 

Maine Shirred Floral & Geometric Rug 

Circa 1820

Maker - Unknown

A stunning example of early & rare Yarmouth area Maine work done with extremely fine bias shirring, wool on linen. Its dark brown background with red and blue highlighting is reminiscent of the period color schemes. The piece is in wonderful condition. 

Rug Hooking Week’s Exhibits, such as the 2022 Feature Exhibit: MAINE:  HOOKED RUGS & FIBER ARTS, provide rare opportunities for attendees to see extraordinary & historic examples of fiber art, such as this – which are amazing learning tools! The shirred rug was on loan from a private collector.

Renard (Fox)

Circa 1923

Maker - Unknown

Renard is the French word for Fox. So, this hooked rug is most likely a Canadian hooked piece. It’s a wonderful primitive design with a fox, birds, & flowers. There is an interesting fringed edge made from the brin (Canadian burlap) foundation, much of which has worn away.  The most unique feature is the glass BEAD for the EYE!

Folk Art Horses

Circa 1935

Maker - Unknown

Two Horses meet at the fence, surrounded by other animal pairs, like birds, butterflies, rabbits, owls, & other critters. A hooked - simulated penny/wool applique style border gives it a wonderful finish.


 « For additional information on the historic & contemporary hooked rugs in the RHW 2022 Feature Exhibit: Maine Hooked Rugs & Fiber Art....look for Kathy Wright's June/July/August 2023 article titled "The Main(e) Event" in Rug Hooking Magazine.


  Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village

Archbold, Ohio, USA

August 14 - 19, 2023

--- Exhibit ---

Rug Hooking Week (RHW) at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio, USA is well-known for it’s annual & extensive contemporary exhibit of 600-800 pieces of fiber art each year.

While we may learn so, so very much from fellow contemporary fiber artists. Take a moment, now & then, to look back. There is a wealth of knowledge in the history well. Take a Dip!

That is why RHW includes antique or historic fiber art in the RHW Exhibit. Often times, at least here in the USA, we do not see these types of fiber art in our museums or in public. If we do, there is little or “no” information about them or their makers.

Is it easy to find them? NO! Most of the RHW Exhibit’s antique hooked rugs are loaned from descendants, private collectors & dealers. However, they are also borrowed from institutions & museums. We greatly appreciate their generosity.

A lot of work goes into it… Before we bring these pieces to our exhibit we gather information, authorities, teachers, & speakers. We offer gallery talks, classes & other opportunities to take full advantage of learning & teaching opportunities – from history & provenance, as well as much about the artist as we can discover, as well as, the significance of their designs, colors, materials, tools, & techniques. For anyone not participating in relevant classes, amply signage accompanies the piece & folks are on hand to answer questions.

Rug Hooking Week Website

While you might not be familiar with the American antique hooked/shirred rugs in this Blog. They are there as an inspiration, an incentive. Take the opportunity to include vintage & historic fiber art in your exhibits, whatever part of the world you live in! Or encourage your museums to pull an exhibit out of the archives!

Monday, January 31, 2022

February — Love is in the Air…

February is known for being a month dedicated to and all about LOVE. It’s a month filled with acts of romance. A time for Valentines and sweethearts, lavish dinners and heart shaped boxes of chocolates, engagements and diamond rings.

Who in the fiber art world captures love & romance at it’s best…. 

And yes, sometimes at it’s worst….. 

The Hutchinsons!

If you've read our book, most likely you're familiar with these 1st two LOVE STORIES, so here's just a quick refresher...

Love Story # 1:  James Hutchinson had his own tales of love & romance. First there was Clara Britton, his childhood sweetheart, they eloped in 1899. 

James & Clara

The couple took a quick journey via sailboat from Shelter Island to Greenport, Long Island. Once there, they were secretly married by Rev McKnight. Now isn’t that romantic? Well, maybe not so much, because they eventually divorced.

Above isn't the yacht they eloped on, it is the Cynosure - a yacht that James owned in the 1920s. He used this yacht for pleasure, racing and also to pick up and transport hooked rugs - that he purchased along the Canadian and New England coastline.
James Hutchinson "collected" more than 1,320 hooked rugs, many by yacht, above is one example. These rugs were typically floral or geometric. For another example, see "designed & commissioned" below." 

Love Story # 2: James’ second marriage was in 1920. Family stories confirm it was different this time - James & Mercedes Clifton were very much in love! Plus they made a great business team - both entrepreneurs & loaded with talent!


 What was this couple's claim to fame? --- They designed & commissioned the largest collection of hooked rugs documented to date in the U.S.A. 

This collection was quite different from the "collected" rugs (mentioned above). What made these Hutchinson's rugs so desirable by everyone from the Rockefellers to Movie Stars? There were more than 870 pictorial & humorous rugs & nothing else on the market like it! Not even close! THEY WERE WAY AHEAD OF THEIR TIME! 

Always Save the Women First! A great example of a designed & commissioned Hutchinson rug, and one that can be seen hanging upstairs in Linda Bean's Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern in Freeport, Maine. She has a number of very nice hooked rugs there, including the Hutchinson rug: He Drinks Whiskey, I Drink Tea, Now is That Fair to He or Me? Most Any Job, Tis Me That Do It, The Day Will Come, When He Will Rue It. 

 There is much more info about Hutchinson hooked rugs in our book:

  Rug Hooking Traditions with James & Mercedes Hutchinson. 

(Many of which focus on the virtues & foibles of love.) 

The following 2 Hutchinson hooked rugs feature — Love at it’s best.

Love Story # 3: The couple featured in the Hutchinson rug below is obviously in love. The rug was originally sold at a 1947 Parke-Bernet auction in New York City. The catalogue described it as:  Engagement Rug - Figure of an astonished brown-haired maiden seated before her ardent suitor, who is slipping a ring on her finger.

The inscription tells you that it’s a memorable event, and one that will not soon be forgotten—and not just for the obvious reason of an engagement. So, one can only wonder... What was that special cologne or perfume she was wearing?

It's a private moment for this couple, unlike today's splashy, public proposals, no stadium billboards or live postings on social media - shared with a billion of their closest friends. I think the Hutchinsons had it right, private proposals are much more romantic!

At the time our book was published, we didn’t have a photo of the rug, not even a black & white photo. Isn’t it simply charming? 

While Hutchinson hooked rugs may “seem” simple, they are filled with movement, sentiment, and so many details! They make you think, they make you laugh, they make you ask questions......

They deserve a second & third look! 

Love Story # 4: I just love the charming couple in this next rug! Didn’t the Hutchinsons do a great job of capturing romance with design & motifs? The gent is holding her so close as they ice skate - cheek to cheek, hand in hand, with his arm tightly around her waist. 

This is another instance where we only had a black & white photo of this rug, when the book went to print. So the color photo is a recent find. Aren’t the colors marvelous? Don’t you just love her velvety purple coat - with the fur collar, cuffs, & borders?

An interesting aspect of this rug is how the Hutchinsons captured 2 seasons so well, in both the inscription & the design. The design seamlessly blends winter clothing & ice skates with a background of summer flowers! Well Done... James & Mercedes!

We’re not quite done telling LOVE STORIES. The next stories come from the "OWNERof the previous 2 Hutchinson rugs - a glamorous American & one of the most prestigious figures in New York Society.

When researching the Hutchinsons for the book, it was captivating, because their lives & families were so fascinating & quirky. But I have to say, this amazing lady, Betsey, proves that you can have your cake....

Betsey Marie Cushing Roosevelt Whitney


Love Story # 5:  Betsey's parents were quite a pair. They were childhood friends, who married after a long courtship, and had 5 children. 

Her father was Dr Harvey Cushing, a neurosurgeon & a pioneer of brain surgeryHe was widely regarded as the greatest neurosurgeon of the 20th century & often called the “father of modern neurosurgery.” (Don’t forget Betsey was born in 1908.) He also discovered Cushing's DiseaseHer mother was Katharine Stone Crowell, known as Kate. She hailed from a socially prominent family in Cleveland, Ohio. Throughout her life, she was busy raising her 5 children, one of which was lost in a tragic auto accident, & made her own contributions to society.
Betsey's parents: Kate & Dr. Harvey

Love Story # 6:  At 22, Betsey fell in love & married James Roosevelt & became the daughter-in-law of Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt, our 32nd President & 1st Lady. 

While James served as an Aide at the White House, Betsey would act as White House Hostess. As Hostess, she started a lifelong friendship with Queen Elizabeth.

James & Betsey Roosevelt on their wedding day.
Roosevelt family Photo. Betsey is on the far left seated to the left of her father-in-law, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt is seated, wearing the large white collared dress. Behind her is her son, and Betsey's husband, James Roosevelt.
Here is Betsey with her 2 daughters Sara & Kate Roosevelt.

In 1938, James left Washington, DC & went to work with Samuel Goldwyn in Hollywood, California. The family packed up & joined him. Unfortunately, love didn’t last - James & Betsey divorced in 1940.

Love Story # 7: Not to Worry! In 1941, Betsey met John Hay Whitney, better know as Jock. He was born into one of the most prominent American families of the 20th century. Jock’s maternal grandfather was a great American statesman, John Hay, who counted among his successes the privilege of being Abraham Lincoln’s Private Secretary

Betsey & Jock fell in love & married in 1942. He lovingly adopted both of Betsey's daughters, Sara & Kate, & raised them as his own.

The Whitney newlyweds, just after the wedding.

President Eisenhower named Jock as Ambassador to the Court of St James in 1957 & they moved to London. They often hosted small dinners for close friends Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip.

The Whitneys dancing at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth, Vice President & Mrs Nixon, Ambassador & Mrs Whitney.

During the 1970s, Jock Whitney was listed as one of the 10 wealthiest men in the world. He was an heir to a fortune, but in his own right - a business magnate & a tycoon. Living back in the U.S., one of his businesses was Hollywood movies. It's said, he paid Margaret Mitchell $50,000 for the rights to make a movie out of her novel Gone With The Wind, he also financed & produced it too.

Olivia de Haviland, Jock Whitney, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier arriving at the 1940 Hollywood movie premiere of Gone With the Wind.

The Whitney's inherited Greentree - a 500 acre estate in Manhasset, New York, but they also maintained residences and horse farms in:

New York City + Manhattan       

Saratoga Springs, NY + Fishers Island, NY      

Georgia + New Jersey + Lexington, KY

Surrey, UK + London, UK                   

And others….


Greentree - the Princess Margaret bedroom

The professional Decorator of many of the Whitney's homes was Sister Parish (Dorothy May Kinnicutt Parish)

Sister Parish
1910 - 1994

The New York Times declared: "Mrs. Parish's six decades of decorating epitomized the rise of women in her own and other professions in 20th century America. Mrs. Parish is widely considered to have originated the decorating idiom known as the American Country style. No one else in America does a room with such patrician aplomb, such life-enhancing charm, such a lack of gimmickry or trendiness”.
A book documenting interiors by Sister Parish & decorator Albert Hadley.

As the 1st Lady of American Decorating, she was decorator to the Astors, Bronfmans, Gettys, Mellons, Rockefellors, Vanderbilts, Whitneys & many other prominent members of society. She also worked with 1st Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to redecorate the White House during the 1960s.
Jacqueline Kennedy reviewing plans to redecorate the White House. 
When the Kennedys moved into the White House in January 1961 it was dismal, 
dowdy & full of modern furnishings interspersed with a few clumsy period reproductions.

A 2016 article in Vogue magazine listed Sister Parish as one of "7 Legendary Interior Designers Everyone Should Know." They said: "Her designs for clients were romantic, warm, and elegant, but her tactics were precise and exacting."
House Beautiful magazine, 1968 - Featuring Sister Parishes' Manhattan apartment. The article states: "a designer-decorator to whom many great houses owe their panache."

What was Sister Parishes' key to success? According to an Architectural Digest article written by Steven M L Aronson, he said: "Their ingredients were repeatedly these: floors elaborately painted and stained; Anglo-Franco furniture that had seen good—but definitely not better—days; flashes and flares of daredevil color (yet she always knew how not to go too far); masses and slashes of luscious chintz (nobody could bring a room to flower better than Sister Parish); crocheted throws and needlepoint pillows and chair covers; humble mattress ticking for slipcovers; HOOKED RUGS and rag rugs; starched organdy; botanical prints; painted lampshades; dog paintings; exotic-wood bookcases; white wicker; patches of quilts; and bales of baskets.

So we may need to thank Sister Parish for not only introducing HOOKED RUGS to Betsey Whitney & many other affluent members of society, but for also showing them their value, as well as teaching them to appreciate HOOKED RUGS as ART!
Sister Parish's Maine (Summer) house kitchen - filled with hooked rugs. 
So, she not only filled her clients homes with hooked rugs, but her own homes too.
In 2019, New England Home magazine featured an article & photos of the Sister Parish Summer house on Islesboro Island, Maine. At that time, Sister Parish was deceased & her daughter Apple Parish Bartlett was living in the home. In this photo, the hallway is filled with hooked rugs. (Islesboro Island is only a few islands away from the Cranberry Islands - also known for a unique collection of hooked rugs.)
Betsey & Jock Whitney amassed one of the largest collections of Impressionist & Modern Fine Art - it was exhibited in Europe & the U.S.

Betsey looking at a Rufino Tamayo painting.

Jock died in 1982. Betsey never remarried.

Betsey was a prominent philanthropist in medicine, education & art. She served on the boards at Whiney Museum of American Art, a Life Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; a Fellow of the Frick Collection, a long-term supporter of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the National Gallery of Art & many, many, many other organizations.

In 1990, Forbes magazine estimated her wealth at $700 million, which would be $ 1.2 billion today.

In 1990, Betsey made art history at Sotheby’s by selling one of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s most famous paintings, the sun-dappled cafĂ© scene “Bal du moulin de la Galette.” It brought $78.1 million, then a record auction price for Impressionist art & the 2nd highest price for any artwork sold at auction.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting Bal du moulin de la Galette

The 1998 New York Post article "Whitney Windfall $300 million in art to museums" said it all. Betsy bequeathed remarkable pieces to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, & Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

After her death, her remaining art collection was sold at Sotheby’s in 1999 for a then-record $128.3 million, the 2nd highest single owner auction in history!

Sotheby's Auction, New York City - The Estate of Mrs John Hay Whitney, April 1999

Amongst all the amazing art in Betsey’s collection, 
The following are only a few that were auctioned, after her death, at the 1999 Sotheby's auction:


A fine American floral hooked rug, late 19th century, a central floral vase filled with flowers and surrounded by a garland of rose blossoms and rose vines.

Two roosters, late 19th/early 20th century, on a marbleized ground within a square tile border.

Photo from the auction catalogue. A view of the living room, Saratoga Springs, New York. Note the 2 hooked rugs on the floor.
Top: a recumbent lion flanked by trees within scrolling floral borders. Middle: a recumbent spaniel in a landscape. Bottom: large central oval reserve filled with rose blossoms within scrolling borders.

Two rearing horses, a young woman wearing a red dress, and an eagle perched on a monument, the monument initialed JAH and dated 1888, with multicolored striped borders.

Betsey must have cherished Hutchinson rugs! 


She owned not 1 but at least 4, 5, or more

Most could be found at either the Saratoga Springs mansion or the Greentree mansion, both in New York state. 


Here are some of the additional Hutchinson hooked rugs in Betsey's collection. (Don't forget, she owned the two above in Love Stories # 3 & 4.)


Well Matched

Said to have been part of the Greentree Estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Horses were a common theme throughout the mansion.

The Whitney family had been involved in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing since the 1800s. It’s said that their contributions to the sport have been immeasurable. Greentree Stables was inherited by Jock and his sister Joan in 1927 and valued at $200 million. (Joan Whitney Payson later became well known in the baseball world as the original owner of the New York Mets.) Betsey & Jock summered at Greentree Mansion.

Betsey & Jock at the Horse Races.

Back From The Sea So Deep & Wide—is another Hutchinson rug that was owned by Betsey, unfortunately, we still don’t have a photo of this rug. In the original auction catalog, it is described as: Sailor and Sweetheart Rug—A straw-hatted sailor welcomed by a lady with yellow hair amid pink and white morning-glories. It sounds so romantic!

The Impetuous Lover—May also have been another one of Betsey's Hutchinson rugs - according to Susan & Mark Laracy, when they sold this rug at Sotheby’s auction in 2007, they state that it was part of Betsey's collection in the provenance. But as of this moment, I was unable to confirm/document that Betsey Whitney owned it. So, more digging to do on this one. However, the color photo is a recent discovery, due to the 2007 Laracy auction, which came after the printing of the book. A wonderful find! And definitely fitting in our romantic theme this month!

Betsey may have owned more Hutchinson rugs.... We'll keep on researching!

If you would like to read more about Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney, there is a book about her & her equally famous sisters:  The Sisters: Babe Mortimer Paley, Betsey Roosevelt Whitney, Minnie Astor Fosburgh - The Lives and Times of the Fabulous Cushing Sisters. And much has been written about both of her famous husbands and their families.

And just so you don't get the wrong impression...

REGULAR PEOPLE do own Hutchinson hooked rugs

But the stories of the RICH & FAMOUS are just so much fun to tell!

 Here's hoping that February brings you LOVE & ROMANCE!



If you have hooked rug questions or discoveries, be sure to contact Kathy!

Be sure to tell your friends about our Blog & Facebook page, it's where we post updates, photos & news relating to our books, hooked rugs & the fiber art world! Subscribe to the Blog by entering your email address in the box at the top right.