Janet Sharp,

Janet Sharp,

Rothsay, Isle of Bute, Scotland, 1812

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sampler size: 16” x 12” • framed size: 20” x 16” • sold

A delightful and beautifully made sampler with excellent pictorial images, this was made by Janet Sharp in 1812. A nicely detailed manor house centers the composition with an amusing line up of six figures below it and a very large stylized apple tree below the figures. Notable also are two deer – one with a gentleman astride it!

As is the custom with many Scottish schoolgirls, Janet stitched many sets of initials on her sampler, including, prominently, those of her parents - John Sharp (note that J frequently appears as an I on early samplers) and Margaret Munn. The family lived in Rothesay, a picturesque port town on the Isle of Bute, due west of Glasgow. Janet was born on February 3, 1800, as recorded in the Old Parish Registers of Rothesay, Scotland. The birth record indicates that John was a sawyer – making his living sawing and working with wood. Janet remained single and died on February 11, 1881 in Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire. We are grateful to the site antiquesamplers.org for this genealogical research.

The sampler was worked in wool and silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in its fine, original black painted frame with a gilt liner.  


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