Sarah Kenton

Sarah Kenton

Crayford, Kent, England, 1796

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sampler size: 13¼” x 12¼” • framed size: 16½” x 15½” • sold

A particularly handsome sampler with a very beautifully stitched pictorial register, this is signed, “Sarah Kenton Crayford Kent Workt this Sampler in the Eleven year of Her Age 1796,” – charmingly the letters decrease in size as the rows descend. Birds, animals and insects are arranged in a mirror-image composition that features a pair of outstanding and highly stylized pine trees. The scene is topped by pale blue and white stitches that form a lustrous sky.

Sarah was born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1785 and baptized January 22, at St. Paulinus in Crayford, a town about 16 miles east of London. Her parents were Thomas and Sarah (Rolings) Kenton, who were married at the same church in 1774. Sarah married Samuel Gimmett on September 19, 1803, in Kent.

Sarah very neatly stitched an unusual verse: "From stately places we must remove / The narrow Lodgings of A grave to prove / Leave the fair train and the light gilded room / To lie alone benighted in a tomb / God only is immortal man not so / Life to be paid upon demand wee [sic] owe.” This was published as early as 1740 in Guide to the English Tongue by Thomas Dilworth.

The sampler was worked in silk on wool and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a figured maple frame.


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