George III, dated 1805. 16ins by 11ins wide. 1805 Sampler by Frances Spriggs. Framed in an old wood frame with gilt slip and glass.
Stitched to linen.
The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in a variety of stitches.
Meandering strawberry border.
Colours black, yellow, green, copper, white, brown and pink.
'Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand
As the first effect of an Enfants hand
And while her fingers on the canvas move
Ingage her tender thoughts to seek thy love
And with thy dear children let her have a part
And write thy name thy self upon her heart'.
'No minutes surely bring more content
Than those in pleasing useful studies spent'.
Signed and dated,
'Frances Spriggs her work June the 1 1805'.
A wonderful set of motifs, some finely detailed, including a house with a garden,
potted flowering plants,
A few small holes.
Some stitch losses to the verse.
Colours are slightly faded, but still well defined.
No colour run.
Neatly and evenly stretched.
Frame in good condition, ready to hang.