Mary Lee, England, 1786

Mary Lee, England, 1786

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sampler size: 21½” x 12¾” • framed size: 24” x 15” • sold

Mary Lee, aged fourteen, worked this fine, unusually large-scale band sampler, including a good assortment of flowers, birds, swans, squirrels and other motifs. Worked into the center of a band, in tight and precise stitching, is the cautionary aphorism, “in thy youth fear the god of truth.” Mary also included three couplets stating:

Happy are they Who hath a Friend indeed;

But they more happy is, Who none do’s need

See how the Lillies flourish white and fair!

See how ther Ravens fed from Heaven are!

Happy’s that Soul that is content alone,

And needs no Entertainment but its own.

Worked in silk on wool, this is in excellent condition and has been conservation mounted into a 19th century black and gold frame.


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