Sampler

American
1805
Nabby S. Tyler (American, born about 1791)


Object Place: United States

Dimensions

55 x 44 cm (21 5/8 x 17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

32.405

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

At the bottom a house is worked in cross stitch, with cream white silk, the windows, foreground and trees in bluish green silk, the door green, its pediment yellow; vines bearing roses worked in coarse satin and chain stitch with bluish green, cream white, pale neutral yellow, orange, and pink silk, frame the other three sides. In the middle are the following lines worked in cross stitch with black silk. “Family Descents: Abraham Tyler born Boxford October 4, 1767 Æ 38. Hannah Bartlett Born Worcester Mar 23 1768 AE 37. They were married January 12, 1792 Nabby S. Tyler Born Boxford June 8, 1793 AE 13. Caroline B. Tyler Born Portland Ap.22.AE 8. Osborn H. Tyler Born Portland Oct 9 1798 AE 6. Phinehas L. Tyler Born Portland Dec.1800 AE 4 / Happy the maid who privileg’d by fate / Too shorter labour and a lighter weight / Receiv’d but yesterday the gift of breath / Ordar’d tomorrow to return to death. Wrought by Nabby S. Tyler in the 14 year of her age 1805.”

Provenance

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tylor to MFA, 1932

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler