Early 19thC Sampler by Harriett Bayliss. 20.3ins high, 20.1ins wide, 0.8ins deep.
The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in a variety of stitches.
Meandering floral border.
Colours brown, cream, green, copper, pink, black and blue. Alphabets A-Z in upper case and numbers 1-30
Verse entitled 'ON INDUSTRY' reads
'The Industrious Bee Extracts From Every Flower
Its Fragrant's Sweets And Mild Blaspheme Power
Learn Hence with Greatest care And Nicest skill
To Take The Good And To Reject The Ill
By Her Examble Taught Enrich Thy Mind
With Native Eloquence And Sence Refined
Be Thou The Honey comb In Whom May Dwell
Each Mental Sweet Nor Leave One Vacant Cell'.
Signed and dated 'Harriet Bayliss Her Work Finished In The 10th year of Her Age June the Twenty 4th'.
A good set of motifs, some finely detailed, including a house with a garden, farmers, stars, dogs, birds, angels, potted flowering plants, trees, laden with fruit, stags, fruit baskets, fir trees, crowns, butterflies and peacocks.
Framed in an old wood frame with rippled, old glass. Mounting: The sampler is stitched to linen over acid free mountboard. Frame backed with card.
CONDITION: Good. A few small holes.
A few pale stains.
Some stitch losses to the motifs and numbers.
Colours are slightly faded, but still well defined. No colour run. Stretching is slightly uneven.
Frame in good condition, ready to hang.