Armchair

Sampson Barnett (working ca. 1776–1820s)

Wilmington, Delaware, ca. 1790–1805

Maple, hickory, and tulip poplar

Sewell C. Biggs bequest; 2004.170

Likely born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Sampson Barnett relocated his chair-making business to Wilmington, Delaware in the 1780s. Barnett made Windsor chairs that are extremely similar to Philadelphia versions. This traditional British furniture form was probably first made in England in the early 1700s, and it spread to the Philadelphia region in the 1740s.