Sarah Stuart 1798
Origin and date: England, 1798
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 21″X18-1/2″
Stitches: Cross, freehand stem and satin
Source: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England
Still retaining its original bright color, Sarah Stuart’s silk sampler displays many of the traditional devices associated with samplers of the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. A row of honeysuckle border begins the sampler, followed by alphabet and numeral tests and a verse. Flying angels support a crown, flanked by potted flowers and birds. The most appealing feature of this sampler is perhaps the large red brick building at the bottom, atop its fine tiered lawn, surrounded by free-form trees, a deer and birds.