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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

Philadelphia, PA sampler -1799 - Stephen & Carol Huber

Mary S. Barr
Needlework Sampler
Philadelphia, PA dated 1799

This graphic sampler depicts shepherdess with an applied paper face standing under a tree with a crook and her dog. A building sits on a green lawn, spotted with very well behaved sheep. At the top is a cartouche with some stanzas from a 1755 Hymn by Philip Doddridge: Once we were fallen and oh how low/ Just on the brink of endless woe/ When Jesus from the realms above/ Borne on the wings of boundless love/ Scatter'd the shades of death & night/ And spread around his heavenly light. The sampler is inscribed along the bottom: Mary S. Barr's Work Done In The Year 1799. A folded silk ribbon with corner bows frames the sampler on all four sides.

Mary Stuart Barr (1782 - ?) was the daughter of James Barr (1758-1803) and Janet Stuart (1761-1800) of Philadelphia. Accompanying this sampler is a hand written note, dated 1940, that identifies the sampler maker, her and her parents, and other genealogical and family information

Silk on linen: 19 ½" x 19 ¾" framed.


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