Sampler

American
1771
Embroidered by Sally Jackson (Massachusetts (probably Boston) born in 1760)


Object Place: Boston, New England colonies, U.S.A.

Dimensions

Height x width: 30 x 20 in. (76.2 x 50.8 cm)

Accession Number

2001.739

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave, embroidered with silk in cross, split, French knot and stem stitches

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Large pictorial sampler with elaborate floral border embroidered primarily in satin stitch; central portion of sampler includes an alphabet, a moral verse, and a pastoral scene in the center with stag and parrot in a tree.

Moral verse:

“From My Beginning May The / Almighty Powers Blessings Bestow / In Never Clearing Showers May / Plenty Dissipate All Worldly Cares / And Smiling Peace Bless My / Revolving Years”

“Sally Jackson Her Sampler 1771”

Provenance

Purchased at auction, Skinner sale

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously and Frank B. Bemis Fund