Sampler

American
1719
Elizabeth Russell (American, born about 1710)


Object Place: probably Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Height x width: 7 15/16 x 7 9/16 in. (20.1 x 19.2 cm) (Maximum)

Accession Number

42.161

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk in reversible cross, eyelet, Florentine, cross, satin, Queen, and stem stitches

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Sampler with rows of green and beige cross stiched alphabets at top and an inscription, “Elizabeth Russell aged 9 in 1719” followed by numbers 1 through 10; middle section with green and whtie zigzag in Irish stitch between two alphabet rows in eyelet stitch, a row of lozenge shapes in satin and herringbone stitch, and a band of green and red flower motifs above a line in Queens stitch; bottom section with two flowers and tree crowned with red fruit and two squirrels beneath made in satin and stem stitch

Provenance

By 1942: Private Collection, United States. Anonymous gift to MFA, March 12, 1942.
Reference in Bolton & Coe: Mrs. Frederick A. Whitwell.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift