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Alphabet/Verse Sampler

1950.530 (RS103864)

Description

Alphabet/Verse sampler with floral border. Rows divided by decorative bands of needlework. Verse in lower section with floral embroidery below. Natural linen ground. Polychromatic threads. Alphabets: #1 missing "J"; #2 missing "J". Numbers: "1-21". Stitches used: large and small cross stitch.

Details

Maker
Sargeant, Martha Willis, 1788- (Embroiderer)
Date
1800
Inscriptions
"As some fair violet, loveliest of the glade / Sheds its mild fragrance on the lonely shade / With draws its modest head from public sight / Nor courts the sun nor seeks the glare of light, So woman born to dignify retreat / Unknown to flourish and unseen to be great / Her passions all corrected or subdu,d /But one the virtuous thirst of doing good, This great ambition still she calls her own,/This best ambition makes her breast its throne." / "Martha Wills Sargent Aged 12 Boston 1800" (Embroidered)
Material
cross-stitching
embroidering
linen (material)
silk (textile)
Object type
Art
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
cross-stitching
Education
embroidering
linen (material)
needlework (visual works)
Sampler
samplers (embroidery)
silk (textile)
Dimensions
20 1/2 x 11 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1950.530
Credit Line
Gift from Leona Flanders
GUSN
45233

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