Lydia Maynard,

Lydia Maynard,

Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 1820

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sampler size: 16” x 17” • framed size: 19½” x 20¾” • sold

A handsome and finely worked sampler, this was made by eleven-year-old Lydia Maynard of Marlborough, a town thirty miles west of Boston in Middlesex County. The composition features alphabets and an appealing verse, “Tis not beauty that we prize / Like a summer flower it dies / But humility will last / Fair and sweet when beauty’s past / And the Saviour from above / Views a humble child with love.” Lydia embellished her work with flowers and two wonderful fat birds as well as an excellent border of large blossom flowers and two-tone leaves surrounded by a delicate zig-zag framework.

Lydia was born, as she stitched on her sampler, on August 20, 1809 and was baptized on September 10, 1809. Her father, Capt. Abel Maynard (1773-1811) married Nancy Rice (1780-1865) in 1804, all in Marlborough.  Abel died in 1811, “gored by an ox” (A Geneological History of the Rice Family: Descendants of Deacon Edmund Rice). After the death of Abel, the family lived with Lydia’s maternal grandfather, Thomas Rice

On her maternal side, Lydia descended from Deacon Edmund Rice (c. 1594-1663), who emigrated from Berkhamstead, England to Sudbury, Massachusetts and eventually removed to Marlborough, Massachusetts in 1639.

Lydia married Peter J. Brigham of Marlborough (1806-1862) on September 17, 1832, and they resided in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their marriage produced five children. Lydia died on August 18, 1876 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and she is buried in Cambridge Cemetery.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition with some slight darkening to the linen. It has been conservation mounted and is in its original mahogany frame.


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