Sampler

English
1837
Embroidered by Harriet Coombs (English, born in 1826)


Object Place: England

Dimensions

Overall: 55.9 x 46 x 3.8 cm (22 x 18 1/8 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2003.411

Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave embroidered with silk

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Sampler with floral serpentine border on four sides enclosing verse, “What is your life?” with flowers, apple trees, and harp at bottom; worked in cross and counted satin stitches and inscribed “Harriet Coombs’s work/July 20th 1837/in the eleventh year of her age.” With original frame, labeled on back, “Stapleton Road Undertaking Establishment. J. Newth and Son, complete undertakers, #1, Colston Parade, Stapleton Road, Bristol.”

Provenance

Purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Berger; Gift to the MFA, September 17, 2003

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Berger in memory of Susan Jeannette Westfall