Ann Sink,

Ann Sink,

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1810

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sampler size" 18" x 17" • framed size: 21¼” x 20¾” • sold

A handsome sampler featuring a fine Federal house set on a deep green lawn with a fence and two feathery willow trees, this is signed with a personalized version of a classic and appealing sampler couplet, “Ann Sink is my name America is my nation Philadelphia is my dwelling place and Christ is my salvation.” A large white two-handled vase of free-form flowers and a low basket of fruit provide further visual interest. The four-sided border frames the sampler well, with queen’s-stitched carnations on an angular, deep green, leafy vine, leading to a narrow, white sawtooth inner border.

Ann Sink was born in 1795, the daughter of Abraham (1760-1828) and Ann Maria (Keys 1764-1838) Sink. Abraham served in the Revolutionary War with records indicating that he was a Private in the Continental Line. On December 16, 1819 Ann married Thomas Marshall Rush, also of Philadelphia. They had at least three children and she died in 1826.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in very good condition with slight loss in one small area. It has been conservation mounted into a beveled tiger-maple frame. 



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