Sampler (Verse sampler)

  • Category:

    Textiles (Needlework)

  • Creator (Role):

    Elizabeth Ann Townsend (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    Kent, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Secondary Place of Origin:

    Newark, New Castle, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Date:

    1835

  • Materials:

    Silk; Wool; Linen

  • Techniques:

    Embroidered, Woven (plain)

  • Museum Object Number:

    1977.0108 A


  • Complete Details



Object Number

1977.0108 A

Object Name

Sampler (Verse sampler)

Category

Textiles (Needlework)

Credit Line/Donor

Museum purchase

Creator (Role)

Elizabeth Ann Townsend (Maker)
01/27/1823-04/21/1855
Elizabeth Ann Townsend was born in Frederica, Delaware on January 27, 1823. She worked this sampler using silk threads on a linen ground. After 1833, Reverend Samuel Bell (1776-1855) opened a female seminary in Newark, Delaware. Elizabeth attended Mr. Bell's school and worked on this sampler in 1835. After attending school, she married Albert Whiteley (b. 1821), also of Frederica, Delaware. Elizabeth died on April 21, 1855. Per previous cataloger: Married Albert Whiteley (b. c. 1821), also of Frederica. Genealogical information from ww.familysearch.org.

Place of Origin

Kent, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Origin Notes

Frederica, Kent County, Delaware,

Secondary Place of Origin

Newark, New Castle, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Date

1835

Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Inscription; ; "With all thy soul / Love God above / And as they self / Thy neighbour love / E A Townsend / 1835" (embroidered thread)

Materials

Silk; Wool; Linen

Techniques

Embroidered, Woven (plain)

Construction Description

Hand-embroidered

Dimensions (inches)

14.5 (L) , 15 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

36.83 (L) , 38.1 (W)

Measurement Notes

Dimensions refer to area of needlework visible within frame.

Object Description

Web - 06/24/2014

Dated 1835, this verse sampler with silk and wool threads on linen was worked by Elizabeth Ann Townsend of Newark, Delaware while under the tuition of Eliza McKay. The octagonal design at the center reflects the style of the time and would have corresponded well with Empire furniture decor. The inscription on Elizabeth's sampler reads: "With all thy soul / Love God above / And as they self / [underscore] Thy neighbour love / E A Townsend [underscore] / 1835"

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Article] Swan, Susan Burrows. 1985 Delaware Samplers. Delaware Antiques Show Catalogue. 6.
Published: p. 57, fig. 8
[Catalogue] 1985 Delaware Antiques Show Catalogue.
Published: p. 57, fig. 8