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Sampler

A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, rococo, roumanian, satin, stem, and tent stitches.
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  • A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, rococo, roumanian, satin, stem, and tent stitches.

Date:

1791

Artist:

Lucy Potter (American, active c. 1791)
Mary (Polly) Balch’s Academy
United States, Rhode Island, Providence

About this artwork

This skillfully executed sampler belongs to one the most recognizable groups of samplers associated with a specific school, that of Mary Balch. Balch (1762–1831), also known as Polly, began teaching in 1782 to help support her family. During her 45 years of teaching, several distinctive styles of samplers and silk embroideries evolved at her school. The maker of this sampler was possibly Lucy Potter Fuller (1778–1864), the daughter of Joseph Potter (1739–1831) and Abigail Dunwell Potter (1750–1828), who married Joseph Field Fuller (1763–1845) in 1794.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Lucy Potter (Maker)

Title

Sampler

Date

Made 1791

Medium

Linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, Rococo, Roumanian, satin, stem, and tent stitches

Dimensions

43.5 × 34.3 cm (17 1/8 × 13 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Naomi Donnelley through the Needlework and Textile Guild

Reference Number

1942.34

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