Susanna Mary Mumford,

Susanna Mary Mumford,

England, circa 1850

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sampler size: 6¾” x 7½” • framed size: 8¾" X 9½" • sold

This charming little sampler was most likely worked as a record and gift in celebration of the birth of Susanna Mary Mumford, at Southchurch in Essex, September 10, 1850. Very simply done in tones of pink, blue-green, silver and gold, miniature motifs circle the text and float above the trees; such as butterflies, crowns, hearts and diamond patterns. Below the stitched declaration of birth, a sprouting flower basket is flanked by two pine trees, vertically striped with all the same colors used in the sampler. The entire picture is framed by a bright pink borderline and a thin zigzag of silvery blue thread.

A census record from 1881 confirms that Susanna Mary Mumford was born in Southchurch, a very small parish one mile northeast of Southend-on-Sea, which sits at the mouth of the Thames in Essex County. It also tells us that, at the age of 30, Susanna was unmarried. She lived with her 60 year old mother, they were both laundresses. A 10 year old boy, Alfred Frank Freeman, boarded with them; he was a scholar from London. Two lodgers, gardener and under gardener, resided with the Mumford ladies as well.

Worked in silk on linen, this sampler is in excellent condition with some slight darkening of the linen.  It has been conservation mounted in a burl wood frame with a gilt liner.

 

 

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