Old Church at Wilmington (Delaware)

R. A. Matlack (dates unknown)

Wilmington, Delaware, 1842

Watercolor and ink wash on paper

Museum purchase; 2007.3

This is among the earliest known depictions of Old Swedes Church, a sanctuary built by Swedish colonists in northern Delaware in the 17th century. R. A. Matlack recorded the church in a dilapidated state and is shown to associate herself with the Wilmington Female Collegiate Institute, an early women’s college that operated from 1837 to 1885.