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Sampler

Object Number: 
1950.307
Date: 
1800
Medium: 
Linen, silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 17 3/4 x 17 1/2 in. ( 45.1 x 44.4 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: bottom in green floss: "Margaret Ferdon's work New York 1800"
Description: 
Square linen sampler with various colors of silk thread; four-stanza poem, "The Rose," with strawberry-vine border and decorative motifs including fruit baskets and urns with flowers; stitches include cross and satin.
Gallery Label: 
Margaret Ferdon was only six years old when she worked this sampler. The daughter of a carpenter, she was raised in Brooklyn and Manhattan and married James Chivvis in the city's Dutch Reformed Church in 1814. Margaret's verse, "The Rose," was first published in 1715 in "Divine and Moral Songs for Children" by Isaac Watts (1674-1748). Works by Watts, a prolific and influential English minister, were popular for over a century after his death. Reprinted numerous times by New York City printers, "Divine and Moral Songs" was a popular source for schoolgirl sampler verse.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Edith F. Ebbets
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group