Mary A. How,

Mary A. How,

 Pennsylvania, 1828

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sampler size: 20” x 17¼” • framed size: 23¼” x 20½” • price: $6800

This is a delightful American schoolgirl sampler worked in southeastern Pennsylvania by Mary A. How in 1828. Dominated by a handsome house and fence set in a gently curved vale with a fence and geometric evergreen trees, the sampler is further decorated by various flowers, birds and a lovely blue double-handled vase filled with stylized flowers. The border of freeform meandering vines and flowers provides an excellent framework.

The pristinely stitched verse, entitled “Morning” was written by the famed British poet, dramatist and literary critic, Edward Young (c.1683-1765). It was widely published throughout England and America and reads as follows:

“Philomel forsakes the thorn / Plaintive where she prates at night / And the lark to meet the morn / Soars beyond the shepherds sight. / Now the pine-tree’s waving top / Gently greets the morning gale / Kidlings now began to crop / Daisies on the dewy dale.”

The sampler is in excellent condition worked in silk onto linen and conservation mounted into a fine period bird’s eye maple cornerblock frame.

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