Ann Cotterill, England, 1798

Ann Cotterill, England, 1798

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sampler size: 12¾” x 8½” • framed size: 14½” x 10¼” • sold

Neat, classic, and highly appealing, this sampler by Ann Cotterill in 1798 displays precision through alphabets, decorative borders and small pictorial elements, and two very pleasing verses: “Friendship” and “Virtue.” Both of these are listed under the chapter “Verses upon Various Occasions, and proper for Writing-Pieces” in The Universal Spelling-Book; or, a New and Easy Guide to the English Language by Daniel Fenning, first published in 1756, but notably, in 1798, “A New Edition, Carefully Corrected” was printed in London, the same year as Miss Cotterill worked her sampler.

Ann incorporated a lovely palette, ranging from creamy beige of her first alphabet to bold deep green of her first verse. The full composition, incorporating all the aforementioned classic elements of a schoolgirl sampler, offer a desirable and lovely presentation.

Worked in silk on linen, Ann’s sampler is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted into a black molded frame.

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