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Long vertical sampler worked in colored silks on a linen ground. The upper register has stylized floral vines. In the center, "Elizabeth Thurston Look well to what you take in hand for larning is better then house or land When land is gone and money is spent then larning is most excellent. Aged 15 August the 9 1703". In the lower register are two columns holding flower urns with a heart and crown in between, two zebras, and the initials JH and ET.

Details

  • Title: Sampler
  • Creator: Judith Hayle
  • Date Created: 1703
  • Type: Sampler
  • Rights: Gift of Myra M. and William H. Mathers
  • Medium: Medium: silk embroidery on linen foundation Technique: embroidered on plain weave
  • Provenance: Ex. coll. Fraser-Martin. Purchased at William Rockefeller sale, cat. #1343, Anderson Galleries, 1924. Mr. William Rodman of Soapitor Co., Inc. 154 W. 14th Street, NYC, was present at the sale and told Mrs. Wiltbank that the sampler was made by his grandmother by marriage, Elizabeth Thurston. She lived to be 103 years old. (M No. 33); 2002 appraisal #1
  • Inscribed: "Elizabeth Thurston Look well to what you take in hand for larning is better then house or land When land is gone and money is spent then larning is most excellent. Aged 15 August the 9 1703"
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W: 58.4 x 17.8 cm (23 x 7 in.)

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