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Sampler

A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, satin, stem, long and short, chain, upright gobelin, oblique gobelin, and feather stitches; laid work and couching; painted.
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  • A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, satin, stem, long and short, chain, upright gobelin, oblique gobelin, and feather stitches; laid work and couching; painted.

Date:

1822/23

Artist:

Clarissa Emerson (American, born 1808)
United States, Massachusetts, Lancaster

About this artwork

The careful planning and attention to detail of this sampler are apparent in the execution of the naturalistically rendered flowers and two figures in period dress. The underdrawing was prepared by a teacher, while the painted faces of the figures were either executed by the teacher or the maker. This is an excellent example of a piece that was executed under the direction of a private teacher or in an academy. Clarissa Emerson (1808–?) was the youngest of 12 children born to Elias (1759–1835) and Phebe Hayward Emerson (1768 [?]–1840), who were married in 1790 in Reading, Massachusetts. Elias served in the Revolutionary War, obtaining the rank of lieutenant, and he is descended from the 1636 Emerson settlers of Ipswich, Massachusetts. The verse is attributed to the hymn writer John Newton (1725–1807) or Isaac Watts (1674–1748).

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Artist

Clarissa Emerson

Title

Sampler

Origin

Massachusetts

Date

1822–1823

Medium

Linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, satin, stem, long and short, chain, upright Gobelin, oblique Gobelin, and feather stitches; laid work and couching; painted

Inscriptions

Lancaster / Massachusetts / Jesus Permit thy gracious name to stand / As the first efforts of an infants hand / And while her fingers over this canvass move / Engage her tender heart to seek thy love / Wrought by - / Clarissa Emerson / Aged 14

Dimensions

21 3/4 x 16 1/2 in.

Credit Line

James D. Tigerman Estate; Margaret W. and John V. Farwell III Endowment Fund; Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Fund

Reference Number

2011.668

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