George IV, dated July 13 1824. 16.5ins by 12.25ins wide. 1824 Cat Sampler by Rachel Reeve. Framed in an old, possibly original, wood frame with glass.
Stitched over linen with card backing.
The sampler is worked in a silk on linen ground, in a variety of stitches.
Meandering floral border.
Colours browns, cream, gold, black, blues and greens.
Alphabets A-Z in upper case and lower case and numbers 1-8.
'Great God create my heart anew
And form my Spirit pure and true
O make me wife betimes to fpy
My danger and my remedy'.
Signed and dated
'Rachel Reeve Aged 12 yr July 13 1824'.
A wonderful set of motifs, including cats,
potted flowering plants,
trees, laden with fruit,
A number of holes.
A few pale patchy stains.
Some stitch losses to the divider lines,
one motif and to the holed areas.
Colours are all good and strong with no noticeable fading.
Very slight colour run around the green threads.
Stretching is very slightly uneven.
Frame showing some wear, but is structurally sound and in our opinion could be hung 'as is'.