1789 Sampler by Ann Smith
George III, dated 1789. 16ins high by 11ins wide. 1789 Sampler by Ann Smith.
Framed in an old wood frame with rippled, old glass. Tacked to a wood stretcher frame with card and brown paper backing.
The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in cross stitch throughout.
Divider lines in various patterns. Meandering leafy border.
Colours brown, blue, green, gold, pink and black. Alphabets A-Z in upper case and lower case and numbers 1-23.
'The Great Businefs of a Man is to improve his Mind and
Govern his Manners.
The Educators Care, above all Things, should be, first, to
Lay in his charge the Foundation of Religion and Virtue.
Parents are commonly more careful to bestow Wit on
their Children than Virtue, the Art of speaking well rather
than doing well: But their Manners ought to be the great
An industrious and virtue Education of Children is a better
Inheritance for them, than a great Estate. To What Purpose
is it, to heap up great Estates, and have no Concern What
Manners of Heirs you leave them to.'
'Ever through life strive to excell,
True Merit Lies in acting well,
And never once from Truth depart,
But weed each Folly from your Heart.'
Signed and dated 'ANN SMITH 8 OCT.R 1798'.
A few motifs of leaves and foilage,
and a couple of birds.
CONDITION: Good. Three small holes.
A few patchy stains to the outer edge.
No stitch losses. Colours are all good and strong with no noticeable fading. No colour run. Stretching is slightly uneven.
Frame in good condition, ready to hang.
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