Mary Lane, England, 1795

Mary Lane, England, 1795

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sampler size: 15½” x 10¾” • framed size: 17¼” x 12½” • price: $4800

A classic and beautifully made English sampler, this is signed, “Mary Lane’s Work in ye 11th Year of her age 1795.” It presents an overall handsome composition rendered in precise stitching with a lovely border of delicate flowers and buds on a zigzag, chain-stitched framework, which surrounds the sampler well. The verse is a rendition of two stanzas of a poem written by British essayist, playwright, politician and poet Joseph Addison (1672-1719), and published in 1712. The stitches are unusually fine and tight, most impressive in that Mary Lane was 10 years old when she made this sampler (one is 10 years old when in one’s 11th year).

Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition and has been conservation mounted into its fine original inlaid frame. 

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