Harriett Susanna Gould,

Harriett Susanna Gould,

Bath, Somerset, England, 1827

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sampler size: 16¼” x 14½” • framed size: 21” x 19¼” • sold

Born in 1816, Harriett Susanna Gould was the daughter of Thomas and Christian Gould of Bath; her baptism was recorded there at St. Michaels Church, one of the historic churches of this beautiful city on the River Avon, about 100 miles west of London. In 1827, at age 11, Harriett worked this handsome and very neatly stitched sampler with a prominent scene of a double-chimney house flanked by willow trees and set on a lawn of variegated green stripes. Many other pictorial elements – medieval castles, deer and pine trees, parrots on rings, pyramids of fruit in baskets and many tiny plants, stars and crowns provide further embellishment. The classic English mirror-image symmetry of this sampler is further enhanced by the architectural columns wrapped with leafy vines.

Harriett stitched the biblical quotation, “Prepare to meet thy God,” which was widely used by ceramic makers on lustreware plates and plaques throughout England in the 19th century.

The verse contained within the columns is the most popular one used by both English and American samplermakers in the 19th century.

In 1853 Harriett married, as his second wife, Thomas Boulton Armett (1796-1863), a tailor and draper of Cheadle, Staffordshire and she died in 1866.

The sampler was worked in silk on wool and is in excellent condition; below is a photo of the reverse of the sampler taken prior to mounting. It has been conservation mounted and is in a 19th century gold frame.

(image of the reverse of the sampler)

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