Sarah Ann Rowell,

Sarah Ann Rowell,

probably New Hampshire, circa 1815

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sampler size: 16½” x 11¼” • framed size: 18¾” x 13½” • sold

The appeal of this sampler lies in the bold alphabets and numbers and the quiet profusion of leafy flower sprigs that create a border and surround the inscription, which reads: Sarah Ann Rowell was born Oct 10 1805. While we can’t know the identity of the maker for certain, research has led to a strong attribution -  Sarah Rowell born October 3, 1805 in Weare, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire; it’s certainly possible that her birth was recorded with a slight mistake in the date. This Sarah was the daughter of Aaron and Eunice (Blood) Rowell. She married Moody Thompson of Walpole, New Hampshire and after the birth of their first daughter (c. 1836) they moved to Vermont and had three more children. Sarah died in 1867 in Corinth, Vermont.

Clearly adept with a needle, our samplermaker incorporated a number of different stitches onto her linen. A simple lawn along the bottom grounds her work, adding to her eye for composition as well. While this is not a highly developed sampler, Sarah’s practical sense and display of skill reveals that she was on her was to becoming quite prolific.

Worked in silk on linen, this sampler remains in very good condition with some very minor loss to the silk thread in the border vine. It has been conservation mounted into a black painted molded frame.

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