Ann Smith,

Ann Smith,

 England, 1802

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sampler size: 13½” x 11¼” • framed size: 16” x 13¾” • sold

Stitched with precision, Ann Smith completed this sampler at the age of eleven in 1802. In a typically symmetrical English composition, Ann worked classic pictorial elements, alphabets and numerical progressions, a highly appealing verse and her inscription. Along with the crowns, potted flowers, overstuffed baskets and additional plant motifs is a more unusual image at the top center, perhaps a bishop’s hat on a tasseled cushion.

The appealing, highly apt verse that Ann incorporated is an appreciation directed at her parents for her education. As the great majority of samplers were framed and hung in public rooms of households, this was likely proudly accepted as a welcome tribute to them as well as proof of their daughter’s skill in the needle arts.

Worked in silk on wool, Miss Smith’s sampler remains in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted into a black molded frame.

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