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Sampler

A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, hem, satin, split, stem, and tent stitches; french knots.
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  • A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, hem, satin, split, stem, and tent stitches; french knots.

Date:

1825

Artist:

Mary Ayer (American, active 1825)
United States, Massachusetts, Charlestown

About this artwork

The maker of this sampler was probably Mary Ayer, who was born in Charleston, the second of 10 children born to Nathaniel Ayer (1787–1872) and Elizabeth Fosdick (1791–1872). She married George C. Stevens (1811–1882) on September 12, 1847, and had two daughters.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Mary Ayer

Title

Sampler

Place

Massachusetts (Object made in)

Date

Made 1825

Medium

Linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, hem, satin, split, stem, and tent stitches; French knots

Inscriptions

Restless mortals toil for naught / Bliss in vain from earth is sought / Bliss a native of the sky / Never wanders mortals try / There you cannot seek in vain / For to seek her is to gain / Wrought by Mary Ayer Charlestown Nov. 12 1825

Dimensions

48 × 44.2 cm (18 7/8 × 17 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Elizabeth R. Vaughan

Reference Number

1950.1129

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