Amy Gertrude Swaine,

Amy Gertrude Swaine,

Queensbury National School,
England, 1890

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sampler size: 11” x 9¼” • frame size: 14” x 12¼” • sold

English schoolgirls continued to produce well-made samplers throughout the 19th century, as evidenced by this delightful example made by 8-year-old Amy Gertrude Swaine in 1890. The Swaine family appears in both the 1881 and 1891 census: John Swaine was a blacksmith and the family consisted of his wife, Jane, their older son, Watson Swaine, and Amy, born circa 1882. They resided in Hunsworth Moor, Cleckheaton in Yorkshire, England, southwest of Leeds. Amy attended the National School in Queensbury, a nearby village.

Amy stitched a classic quotation, one that had been used by samplermakers for centuries, and was written by famed English poet, Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744). Alphabets and a numerical progression appear above and a delicate border surrounds the work on four sides.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is a late 19th century veneer frame. 

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