Sampler

Object Number: 
1935.117
Date: 
1828
Medium: 
Linen, silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 16 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. ( 41.3 x 46.4 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: center, pink floss: "Mary H. Ogden age"
Description: 
Horizontal rectangular linen sampler (incomplete) with various colors silk floss; rows of alphabets across the top half separated by stitching; proverb across center; image of house at bottom with an alphabet left, indecipherable text right (stitched in same color as linen); surrounded by vine and flower design; stitched in cross stitch.
Gallery Label: 
Eleven-year-old Mary Ogden (Mrs. John Mead Sherwood, 1817-1879) carefully laid out and stitched her alphabets, name, date, and house, but appears to have inserted the additional text in a hasty and haphazard rush to completion. Mary included the proverb, "Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Ella J. Sherwood
Provenance: 
Mary Haines Ogden (Mrs. John Mead Sherwood, 1817-1879) ; to her daughter, Ella Julietta Sherwood (b. 1857), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group