Alphabet/Verse Sampler

Collection Type

  • Textiles

Date

1800

GUSN

GUSN-45233

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

Descriptive Terms

samplers (embroidery)
needlework (visual works)
cross-stitching
embroidering
linen (material)
silk (textile)
Education
Sampler

Inscription

"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)

Maker

Sargeant, Martha Willis, 1788- (Embroiderer)

Dimensions

20 1/2 x 11 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift from Leona Flanders

Accession Number

1950.530

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)