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


This sampler belongs to a small but distinctive group made in Boston at the end of the eighteenth century. These samplers are characterized by low-hanging clouds and a naive quality that suggests they were designed by the children themselves, rather than stitched from patterns provided by their teacher.