Embroidered Sampler

Maker: Millsent Connor (born 1789)

Date: 1799

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Embroidered silk on linen

Dimensions: 21 1/8 x 16 1/4 in. (53.7 x 41.3 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1974

Accession Number: 1974.42


A female figure greets visitors at the front door of the three-bay Federal brick house depicted in this Boston sampler. The numerous architectural details of the house—the raised basement, mullioned windows, pediment over the front door, and the decorative balustrade—contrast with the naive rendering of the cottage, the low-hanging clouds and the figures surrounding the house.