Ann Bowden 1811

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19th Century English Samplers
Origin and date: England or Scotland, 1811
Rated: Intermediate
Linen count and finished size: 35 or 40 count,
17-1/2″x20-1/4″ or 15-1/2″x17-3/4″ (please specify!)
Stitches: Cross, Irish, satin, eyelet
Source: Collection of The Scarlet Letter

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This unusual sampler is probably of Scottish origin. The distinctive French-inspired mansion house and the peacocks are commonly found on Scottish samplers. Adam and Eve are realistically stitched in the Garden, by effectively working two quite simple stitches together: cross, outlined by stem stitch, to give their shapes fluidity and movement. The sun, wearing a jaunty black derby hat, and an eyelet stitched moon, flank the thunderous clouds overhead. In the lower half of the sampler is a spinning monkey motif, usually found on Dutch samplers, as well as a variation on Solomon’s Temple, and a windmill. Our model has been stitched on 40-count linen to more closely approximate the size of the original sampler.

Additional information

Kit Type

Silk Floss, Cotton Floss, Graph Only