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Embroidered sampler

Maker:
Mary Parker (1792–1835)
Date:
1805
Geography:
Made in Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silk and cotton on linen , embroidered
Dimensions:
26 x 22 1/4 in. (66 x 56.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Sandford D. Neely, 1954
Accession Number:
54.29
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 727
This alphabet sampler is enlivened by a grand five-bay, three-story house flanked by leafy trees with birds perched on the branches. The delicately stitched balustrade or "widow’s walk" along the eaves of the roof and the pattern of the pickets in the fence and gates reflect the maker’s interest in the stylish decorative elements of Federal architecture.
Inscription: inscribed in upper half: [three alphabets]; inscribed in center left: Why should I say its yet too soon / To seek for heaven or think of death / A flower may fade before the noon / And I this day may lose my breath; inscribed in lower right: Mary Parker is my name / Massachusetts is my station / Pepperell is my dwelling place / And Christ is my salvation 1805; inscribed at bottom: Mary Parker's Sampler aged thirteen years [1 - 10]
Mrs. Sanford D. Neely, Kingsport, Tennessee until 1954
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