Pennsylvania Sampler, Dated 1844

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Schoolgirls from Pennsylvania continued to produce strong, pictorial samplers into the 1840s, occasionally featuring large, public buildings. Catharine Earnest’s sampler, with a wonderful church building and an outstanding border, is a praiseworthy example of this genre. The building, with its many pale blue windows, sits on a deep green, satin-stitched lawn and is flanked by tall, stately trees. Surrounding the sampler on three sides is a very unusual border - an organic vine with varied and fully-developed flowers, much of it is worked with enormous number of over-sized queen’s-stitches. The composition and execution are both excellent.

Another sampler, which was called to our attention by Betty Ring many years ago, bears a great resemblance to this sampler. In 1834, Mary Ann Russel worked a sampler with the same building, pathway and lawn, the same trees and border, naming her teacher as “Hannyett Livengood, tutores.” We are hopeful that further research will identify the teacher and her pupils.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in very good condition with some areas of slight wear. It has been conservation mounted and is in a beveled maple frame with a cherry outer bead.

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Of the Period
Folk Art
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
Materials and Techniques
Needlework   Silk
22 in. H x 25.5 in. W x 1 in. D
56 cm H x 65 cm W x 3 cm D
Dealer Location
Philadelphia, PA
Number of Items
Reference Number
M. Finkel & Daughter
936 Pine St.
Philadelphia PA 19107
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