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Makers / Maker's Age: Wall, Ann
Date Made: 1836
Origin: England (?)
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Stitches: Cross, Satin, French knots
Embroidery Thread: Silk
Foundation Cloth: Linen
Dimensions: 48.25 cmw x 51.50 cm h
Owner: Private collector
Inscriptions: W O M A N / As some fair violet,loveliest of the glade / Sheds its mild fragrance on the lonely shade / Withdraws its modest head from public sight / Nor courts the sun nor seeks the glare of light / Should some rude hand profanely dare intrude / And bear its beauties from its native wood / Expos'd abroad its languid colors fly / Its form decays and all its odours die / So woman born to dignify retreat / Unknown to flourish and unseen be great / To give domestic life its sweetest charm / With softness polish and with virtue warm / Fearful of fame unwilling to be known / Should seek but Heaven's applauses and her own / Hers be the task to seek the lonely cell / Where modest want and silent anguish dwell / Raise the weak head sustain the feeble knees / Cheer the cold heart and chase their dire disease / The splendid deeds which only seek a name / Are paid their just reward in present fame / But know the awful all-disclosing day / The long arrear of secret worth shall pay / Applauding saints shall hear with fond regard / And He who witness'd here shall there rereward / Ann Wall / 1836 //
Predominant Motif: Poem entitled Woman by Hannah More (born 1745 in Hanham, England), bordered by a meandering flowering vine of flowers, buds and leaves.
History of Owner: Purchased
Published in american samplers by bolton & COE, 1921No