George III, dated 1795. 17.5ins high by 15.5ins wide. 1795 'On Temperance' Sampler by Mary Poynton. Framed in an old maple frame with gilt slip and glass.
Mounted to conservator standards on acid free card with chipboard backing.
The sampler is worked in silk and wool on canvas ground, in a variety of stitches.
Meandering floral border.
Colours greens, cream, yellow, pale blue, pink, purple, browns and black.
'All you my Friends which now expect to fee
A peece of needle work Performd by me
Caft but a smile on this my mean Endeavour
Ill strive to mend and be obedient ever'
'Its to thy rules O temperence that we owe
All pleasures which from health or strength can flow
Vigour of body purity of mind
Unclouded reason sentiments refind'
'The Lord my pafture fhall prepare
And feed me with a fhepherds care
his prefence fhall my wants fupply
And guard me with a watchful eye
My noon day walks he fhall attend
And all my midnight hours defend
Thy friendly crook fhall give me aid
And guide me through the dreadful fhade'
'Our life is a dream
Our time as a ftream
clides fwiftly away
The fugitive moment
Refufes to ftay.'
Signed and dated
'Mary Paynton Sept. 14 1795'.
A wonderful set of motifs, some finely embroidered, including a fir tree with a shepherd and shepherdess watching over their flock of sheep,
potted flowering plants,
A few holes and areas of pulling to the ground.
A few pale stain specks.
Some stitch losses to the border
and a loose thread to one of the divider lines.
Colours are all good and strong with no noticeable fading.
No colour run.
Stretching is very slightly uneven.
Frame in very good condition, ready to hang.