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Sampler

Object Number: 
1937.142
Date: 
1770-1790
Medium: 
Linen, silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. ( 32.7 x 27 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: left center in green floss: "MAGDA/LEN" embroidered: right center in copper floss: "GUI/ON"
Description: 
Vertical rectangular linen cross-stitch sampler with various colors of silk floss; images of a Dutch fruit tree, candles as symbols of devotion or prayer and a parrot symbolizing talkiveness; bordered by a deeply arcaded strawberry meandering motif; cross stitched; inscription of name, "Magdalen Guion".
Gallery Label: 
Magdalen Guion was born in New Rochelle, NY in 1774 and married John Drake of New York City in 1795. He was a prosperous New York merchant who in 1813, along with his brother Jacob, lent the government $10,000 to help finance the War of 1812.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Angelina Drake Skidmore Comport
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group