Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Alice Samuel

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Alice Samuel
Date of birth unknown; d. 1593, Warboys, England

The elderly Alice Samuel was accused by the children of her employer, the affluent Throckmorton family, of bewitching them. Her trial was held in the English village of Warboys in 1593, during which time Samuel continued to live with the Throckmortons and was regularly tormented by her accusers. Samuel and two relatives were hanged based on the girls' testimony.

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