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.

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Artist

Polly Bedford

Title

Sampler

Origin

Massachusetts

Date

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

Dimensions

42.9 x 43.7 cm (16 7/8 x 17 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Elizabeth R. Vaughan

Reference Number

1950.1130

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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