Charles Lewis, England, 1845

Charles Lewis, England, 1845

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sampler size: 8” x 12¼” • framed size: 12” x 16¼” • sold

Samplers that are made by boys are rarely found and we are pleased to offer this one, which within the wording of its inscription leaves no doubt as to its maker. Over the years, we have come to know of samplers made by children named Sidney, Christian, George and Frances, but these names were given to girls as well, and unless a maker used phrasing such as “his work” we feel that one cannot be certain that it was made by a boy.

Charles Lewis, age 11 stitched this handsome rendition of a double-chimney brick house centered within a composition of birds, flowers, potted plants and single, upright strawberries, and surrounded by a narrow checkerboard-like border. His work was very neat and tidy, and this was likely not his first sampler.

Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition with slight darkening to the linen. It has been conservation mounted into its original beveled frame. 

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