Caroline Grubb,

Caroline Grubb,

Ludlow, Shropshire, England, 1840

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sampler size: 16½" x 12" • framed size: 18½" x 14" • price: sold

A classic English sampler with a symmetrical and balanced composition, this is signed, “Done by Caroline Grubb Ludlow 1840.” Baskets piled high with fruit, many birds, large butterflies, spotted deer, little dogs, and squirrels on pine trees embellish the sampler and share space with two appealing verse. The first verse includes a wonderful reference to the making of the sampler itself, “With anxious care I did these colors trace To gain a smile from my kind parents face.”

Ludlow is a picturesque, historic town in Shropshire, near Wales. The town is dominated by Ludlow Castel, built in the 11th century, and hosted a market every Thursday for centuries, known best for the wool and cloth traded there. Caroline was born in 1826 to Thomas and Margaret Grubb; she would have been 14 years old when she made her sampler. In 1842, she married Richard Pope and they had at least 6 children; Richard was a cordwainer and bootmaker. Caroline died in 1876.

The sampler was worked in silk on wool and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a molded and black painted frame.

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