Lydia Armstrong, Franklin,

Lydia Armstrong, Franklin,

New London County, Connecticut, 1818

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sampler size: 9¾” x 16¼” • framed size: 12” x 18½” • sold

This sampler, with its wonderful, naïve charm, is signed, “Lydia Armstrong Aged 9 Years 1818.” The name of the town, Franklin, is stitched directly above the double-chimney house and below the cautionary advice, “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity.”

Franklin is located north of Norwich, Connecticut and Lydia was born there on December 20, 1809. She was the daughter of Levi Armstrong and his wife, Rebecca Marshall.

The scene along the bottom features pine trees, flower branches and a pot of flowers, along with the house. The date, 1818, appears at the left and Lydia stitched her initials to the right of the house and between the trees.

Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in good condition with some minor weakness throughout. It has been conservation mounted and secured. It is in a molded and painted black frame. 

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