Embroidered Sampler

Barbara Landis American

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Compared to Barbara Beiler's sampler made seventeen years earlier (34.100.216), Barbara Landis's example shows more of the influence of her English-speaking neighbors. Barbara Landis was a member of the Mennonite sect, and German would have been spoken in her home. Her family, however, must have had some interaction with neighbors outside their immediate group, since Barbara's rather awkwardly spelled motto is traditionally found on samplers made by girls who lived in Pennsylvania's English community. The use of a house as a central motif is also very rare in Pennsylvania German samplers and again illustrates links Barbara must have had with the wider world.

Embroidered Sampler, Barbara Landis (1816–1884), Wool on linen, embroidered, American

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