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Sampler

  • Sampler

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    Sampler

    1814

    Charlotte Green, American

    Dimensions

    42 x 31.1 cm (16 9/16 x 12 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Linen plain weave embroidered with silk

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    18.10

    Collections
    Textiles and Fashion Arts More Info

    Description

    The border consists of points turning in. Across the tops are alphabets in three types of letters and "Charlotte Green's Sampler. Aged 8 y-". Then the following verse, flanked by trees: "Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand. As the first effort of an infant's hand And white her fingers o'er this canvas move Engage her tender heart to see thy love. With thy dear children let her share a part And write thy name thyself upon her heart." Then a row of hearts, and below the following lines flanked by crowned lions and trees: "Friendship's a name to few confin'd The offspring of a noble mind. A generous warmth which fills the breast And better felt than e'er expressed. The lower part in which is the date, baskets of fruit, trees, birds and dogs is surrounding with an undulating vine. Stitches: cross, eyelet, long-armed cross, rococo, satin, sawtooth.

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  • Sampler

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    Sampler

    late 19th century

    Dimensions

    19.3 x 30.7 cm (7 5/8 x 12 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Linen plain weave embroidered with Cotton and silk

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    94.13

    Collections
    Textiles and Fashion Arts More Info

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  • Sampler

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    Sampler

    first half of 18th century

    Dimensions

    48.6 x 36 cm (19 1/8 x 14 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Linen plain weave embroidered with silk and metallic yarn

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    01.6270

    Collections
    Textiles and Fashion Arts More Info

    Description

    White linen worked with colored silks. In the middle is a wreath surrounding a crown and a monogram. Around this are flowers in vases and in baskets, and dishes of fruit, a parrot, a peacock, an apple, a pear, a landscape with two shepherdesses and sheep, and a fountain. Across the bottom are squares and oblong spaces filled with various stitches.

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  • Sampler

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    Sampler

    1834

    Elizabeth Labdon, British, born in 1824

    Dimensions

    42.5 x 32.5 cm (16 3/4 x 12 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wool plain weave embroidered with silk

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    35.729

    Collections
    Textiles and Fashion Arts More Info

    Description

    The ground is thin cream colored woolen cloth with two blue lines in selvedges on each side. The design is worked in cross-stitch in colored silk, house with animals and pond in upper part, below the following verse: "Have not Eve and Adam taught us. Their sad Profit to compute. To what dismal State they brought us. When they stole forbidden Fruit." Under this an apple tree, Adam and Eve and the serpent. At the bottom: "1834 Elizabeth Labdon, aged 10 years." The whole framed with floral border. Stitches: cross, double running, satin, and tent. A few holes, and stains.

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  • View of Boston Common

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    View of Boston Common

    about 1750

    Hannah Otis, 1732–1801

    Dimensions

    61.59 x 133.98 cm (24 1/4 x 52 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Wool, silk, metallic threads, and beads on linen ground; predominately tent stitch; original frame and glass

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    1996.26

    Collections
    Americas More Info

    Description

    Rectangular canvas-work picture depicting a Georgian-style house with horse paddock; a church steeple and beacon in foreground; a figure on horseback and black servant in foreground; a male and female figure at left looking over a wall at a body of water; military-style building in background; trees, flowers, birds and animals throughout; original pine frame with gilt border and original glass.

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