Mary Ann Eliza Collard,

Mary Ann Eliza Collard,

London, England, 1828

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sampler size: 11¾” x 10¾” • frame size: 14” x 13” • price: $1200

Simple yet striking, Mary Ann Eliza Collard stitched this appealing sampler in 1828. The neat, clean work in complimentary colors provides such graphic appeal to an otherwise classic marking sampler. The band of upright I’s along the top is often found on samplers made by very young girls, as a preliminary practice to the letters to follow on a marking samplers. This was likely the first sampler made by Miss Collard, who was about eight years of age when she made this. She was the second of seven children, though as the first daughter to her parents, the skill she acquired from stitching a marking sampler was likely put to good use in helping out in the household, marking the linens and such.

Mary Ann Eliza was the daughter of William and Rebecca (Hardman) Collard of the greatly historic Westminster neighborhood of London. Her parents were married there in 1818. We have the record of her baptism on July 27, 1821, at St George Hanover Square. She remained single and was recorded in the 1861 and 1871 census, living in London with her family; interestingly, she was a teacher. She died in 1888 in London.

Worked in silk on linen, Mary Ann Eliza Collard’s sampler is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted into a molded mahogany frame.

 

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