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Embroidered Sampler

Maker:
Sophia Dyer (born 1805)
Date:
1819
Geography:
Made in Portland, Maine, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silk on linen
Dimensions:
25 x 21 1/2 in. (63.5 x 54.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Barbara Schiff Sinauer, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.331.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 727
Portland, Maine schoolgirls produced a distinctive group of genealogical samplers. Following a prescribed format, these samplers list the birth and marriage dates of the parents; and the name and birth date of each of their children. Also characteristic are townscapes with white clapboard Federal houses and elegant borders of roses, rosebuds and leafy vines.
Inscription: inscribed in center: (family genealogy): inscribed in upper center: Sophia Dyer Ae / 14 years / Portland 1819
Mrs. Barbara Schiff Sinauer, New York, died 1984
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