Hannah Smith,

Hannah Smith,

England, 1809   

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sampler size: 7¾” x 9¾” • framed size: 12” x 14” • sold

English schoolgirls frequently worked samplers that feature mirror image symmetry and precise lettering. This handsome little sampler by Hannah Smith, age 12 in 1809, is a pleasing example of this type. Additionally, Hannah included a verse wonderfully entitled, “Endeavour to Improve” - excellent advice to all. 

The scene along the bottom centers on a pair of large birds perched on a castle with little trees and plants on the deep green outline of a lawn.

Worked in silk on linen, it is in excellent condition and has been conservation mounted into its original maple frame with a gilt liner.


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