Embroidered Sampler

Maker: Laura Hyde (born 1787)

Date: 1800

Geography: Made in Franklin, Connecticut, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silk on linen, embroidered

Dimensions: 13 1/4 x 13 in. (33.7 x 33 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1944

Accession Number: 44.113


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.