Pages

Isabella Taylor

Birmingham, England, 1783

Mouse over image to enlarge

sampler size: 13¼" x 13" • frame size: 18" x 17¾" • sold

This is a fine sampler made by Isabella Taylor of Birmingham, England who used Roman Numerals to indicate the year the sampler was made, 1783. A naturalistic border of flowering vines emanating from cornucopias, with a strawberry plant above and a butterfly below, surrounds the verse, which is the one found most frequently on both English and American samplers.

Birmingham, 62 miles northwest of Oxford, was one of the leading manufacturing cities of Europe because of its inland navigation. Accordingly, a wealthy merchant class developed by the 18th century and the daughters from these families attended schools and learned to make samplers that rivaled those worked at the fine schools in London.

Worked in silk on linen gauze, the sampler is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted into an early 19th century maple frame with a gilt liner.

contact us

You may contact us by phone (215.627.7797) or email (mailbox@finkelantiques.com) or complete our quick form and we will respond promptly.
If by some chance you do not hear back from us within 24 hours after submitting your message, please get in touch
as it means we didn't receive your inquiry. Thank you.

Refresh Type the characters you see in this picture. Type the characters you see in the picture; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.  Switch to audio verification.