Unsigned Pictorial Sampler, circa 1780
This is probably the upper half of what was once a magnificent sampler stitched on fine tiffany cloth with silk flosses. It features a fine mansion house fronted by extensive lawns, a driveway, an elaborate stag and bird and a magnificent tree. Stitches used are stem filling, cross, straight, counted and freehand satin stitches. The verse has losses, but the remainder retains brilliant color and very closely resembles the scene on “Elizabeth Brain”. Formerly in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it measures 13-1/4″ x 18 1/4″.