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Sampler

A work made of wool, plain weave; embroidered with silk floss and silk yarns in back, chain, cretan, individual back, individual running, roman, satin, stem, and surface satin stitches; laid work, couching, and roumanian couching.
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  • A work made of wool, plain weave; embroidered with silk floss and silk yarns in back, chain, cretan, individual back, individual running, roman, satin, stem, and surface satin stitches; laid work, couching, and roumanian couching.

Date:

1791

Artist:

Polly Bedford (American, 1778/1779?)
United States, Massachusetts, Marblehead

About this artwork

This very distinctive sampler is part of a group that cannot be identified with a specific schoolmistress but was certainly made in the seacoast town of Marblehead, Massachusetts. The elegantly dressed figures of the man with his hat in his hand and the lady holding flowers are reoccurring motifs found in other Marblehead samplers.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Polly Bedford (Maker)

Title

Sampler

Place

Massachusetts (Object made in)

Date

Made 1791

Medium

Wool, plain weave; embroidered with silk floss and silk yarns in back, chain, Cretan, individual back, individual running, Roman, satin, stem, and surface satin stitches; laid work, couching, and Roumanian couching

Inscriptions

Worked by Polly Bedford in the Twelfth / year of her age 1791

Dimensions

42.9 × 43.7 cm (16 7/8 × 17 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Elizabeth R. Vaughan

Reference Number

1950.1130

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