Ann Smith,

Ann Smith,

United Kingdom, 1804

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sampler size: 18” x 12¼” • framed size: 21¾” x 16¼” • sold

A wonderfully exuberant sampler, this presents outstanding composition and color. The many pictorial elements - some greatly out-sized and some very small - give a splendid animation to the sampler, which is signed, “Ann Smith Ended Jenuary 12 Aged 12 1804.” Ann stitched an alphabet, a numerical progression, the vowels and a religious verse before turning to depictions of flowers, trees, birds, deer, lions, potted plants, a large lady and small gentleman, and corner-blocks of stars within frameworks, all contained within a wonderful border of grapes on a stylized vine. 

This sampler exhibits traits that we find on a variety of others made in the United Kingdom. It is certainly a wonderful outlier, sharing characteristics with others made in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Worked in silk and wool on wool, it is in very good condition, with some minor darned and secured areas to the wool. It has been conservation mounted into its fine, original gold leaf frame. 


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