Margereta Whann, American1800–1830

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

In the center, an oval framing device with a bunting at the top contains a scene of a house flanked by trees on a large lawn. The oval is surrounded by motifs symmetrically arranged: baskets of flowers, pairs of birds, flowering trees, and butterflies, with a strawberry vine border on four sides. Outside the border, additional sprays of flowers appear. The inscription appears below the scene, and at the very bottom the names Margereta Whann and George Terrell are embroidered.


  • Title: Sampler
  • Creator: Margereta Whann, American
  • Date Created: 1800–1830
  • Type: Sampler
  • Rights: Bequest of Emily Coe Stowell from the Coe Collection
  • Medium: Medium: silk embroidery on linen foundation Technique: embroidered in satin, stem, chain and cross stitches on plain weave foundation
  • Provenance: By 1941, Mrs. Henry E. Coe (Eva Johnston Coe)1941 - 1970, Emily Coe Stowell1970, Cooper-Hewitt Museum
  • Inscribed: Margereta Whann Her Work
  • Dimensions: H x W: 45.1 x 45.1 cm (17 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
  • Bibliography: Ethel Stanwood Bolton and Eva Johnston Coe, American Samplers (Boston: The Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1921) 116, 239.

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