Lydia Allen, Philadelphia,

Lydia Allen, Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania, 1796

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sampler size: 16 ¾” x 11¼” • framed size: 18¾” x 13¼” • sold

A wonderful group of samplers, made in Philadelphia in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, features stepped terrace lawns with pine trees and birds and baskets of flowers, all surrounded by arcaded borders. This praiseworthy example was made in 1796 by Lydia Allen, and notable, it was in the Whitman Sampler Collection in the Philadelphia Museum of Art for many years.

Lydia stitched, “Love the Lord and He will be a tender father unto thee,” along with alphabets and numerical progressions. We particularly like the large tulip and leafy branches that decorate the deep green lawn as well the use of sawtooth segments within the arcades of the border.

Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted into a walnut shadowbox frame, a reproduction of a known 18th century Philadelphia frame.

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