Isfield, Sussex, England, 1802
English needleworkers were capable of producing samplers with a great number of exquisitely worked motifs organized with a fine sense of order and balance. This highly appealing sampler, which epitomizes this English sensibility, was made by Ann Ringrose who was 14 years old in 1802. The verse that Ann stitched includes the phrase, “Isfield Is My Dwelling Place,” informing us of her residence, which was a little village located on the River Ouse, approximately 44 miles south of London. She ended her inscription with the classic phrase,
“When This You Se Remem
Ber Me So I May Not Be Quite For Gotten.”
Many animals, birds, architectural renditions of Solomon’s Temple, potted plants, pine trees, little hearts, crowned lions and Adam and Eve under the apple tree are amongst the great assortment of subjects that embellish this splendid sampler. Worked in silk on linen, it is in excellent condition and has been conservation mounted into a tiger maple frame.