This is one of three similar samplers (the other two are in private collections) that can be traced to girls who lived in the Franklin/Norwich area of Connecticut. Illustrated with exotic scenes of faraway lands, they are some of the most unusual samplers stitched by early nineteenth-century schoolgirls. Laura Hyde embroidered her sampler with images of India that she probably copied from a history or geography text.
Inscription: inscribed in center: Laura Hyde / her sampler AE / 13 June 27 1800; inscribed in left center, right center, and lower left: India within / the Ganges / The outpart of the Kays Harem / the British Embas / sadors Lady ac / companied by a / Grecian lady visits / the Kays Lady at the / Harem / Bay of Bengal
the artist's family, Lyme, Connecticut; Miss Netter, Mrs. J. Amory Haskell, until 1944; the Haskell Collection, Parke-Bernet Galleries, November 8–10, 1944, lot 150