Madelena Antiques & Collectables

Antique Sampler, 1828, by Mary Ann Arnold Aged 10

George IV, dated 1828. 16.3ins high, 12.2ins wide, 1.2ins deep. Antique Sampler, 1828, by Mary Ann Arnold Aged 10.

The sampler is worked in wool and silk threads on a linen ground, mainly in cross stitch.

Meandering strawberry border.

Colours green, blue, silver, pink, black and brown.

Verses read, 'THIS God is the God we adore, Our faithful unchangeable Friend, Whose love is as large as his power, And neither knows measure nor end. Tis Jesus the First and the Last, Whose spirit shall guide us safe home, We'll praise him for all that is past, And trust him for all that's to come.'. And at the bottom, 'Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild, Look upon a little Child, Pity My simplicity, Suffer Me to Come to thee. Hallelujah Amen.'.

Signed and dated, 'Mary Ann Arnold Aged 10 years April th 2. 1828'.

A good set of motifs, including a large central figure with black skin, wearing an unusual hat and holding up a tamborine.

This inclusion of this figure might have been inspired by the anti-slavery movement around that period.

A newspaper cutting attached to the reverse of the sampler, entitled 'CENTENARY OF SLAVE LIBERATION', describes a forthcoming celebration of the centenary of the liberation of slaves. The cutting is almost certainly a reference to the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833, which came into effect on August 1, 1834. This act marked the legal end of slavery throughout most of the British Empire.

There is a date written in pencil on the back of the sampler, '28.9.1932', which might be when the owners of the sampler reframed it and attached the newspaper article.

With this sampler being stitched in 1828, it might be a bit early for it to relate directly to this anti-slavery movement, though it is possible. Another explaination is that the figure is theatrical.

Other motifs including a house with a garden,


flowers, stags,

fir trees, dogs,

potted flowering plants and flowering trees.

Framed in an old maple frame with rippled, old glass.

Mounting: The sampler is fixed to card. Frame backed with wood and sealed with tape.


CONDITION: Good. A few holes along the top border, with associated staining.

A few other scattered holes.

No stitch losses. Colours are all good and strong.

No colour run. Neatly and evenly stretched.

Frame in good condition, ready to hang.

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