A handsome sampler, this was made by Lucy Esther Bishop of Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut in 1838. A strong palette of colors form the alphabets, diamond-shaped elements, verse, inscription and baskets, all surrounded by a border of trefoil leaves. The initials of Lucy’s instructress, MP, are centered within the stylized flowers and vines of one of the baskets.
Born in Woodbury, on August 12, 1825, Lucy Esther Bishop was one of thirteen children of Harley Bishop (1797-1872), a wealthy farmer, and Mary Ann (Moody) Bishop, who married in Woodbury in 1823. The family later removed to New Haven and the History of New Haven County, Connecticut (Rockey, 1892) publishes information about the family. Lucy married James C. Wright and, after his death, James Cardine.
The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition, with slight loss to two letters. It has been conservation mounted and is in a beveled maple frame with a cherry outer bead.