|Credit line||DHS Collection|
Framed sampler on linen that has a 2 1/2 inch wide border of undulating stylized flowers, the sides of which are mostly bellflowers. The main composition consists of three four-line poems: "Tho age may shew [sic] youths fond pursuits are vain / And few the pleasures here to be enjoyed / Yet may this work a pleasing proof remain / of youth gay period usefully employed. "May I with innocence and peace / My fleeting moments spend / and when the toil of life shall cease / With calmness meet my end." " Look gently down almighty grace / Prison me round in thy embrace / Pity the heart that would be thine / And let thy power my love confine." The space around and in between the three poems is filled with twining floral and leaf designs. The work is signed: "Mary Starr's / work Bwine [sic] School 1813." The sampler also has a small family history section with some names: "Thomas & Jane Starr, / Philip & Mary Tolen / Jacob & Tamar Starr."
|Dimensions||W-20.75 L-25 inches|
|Dimension Details||framed dimensions; sampler is 22 1/8" x 17 3/4".|
|Provenance||Mary Starr was the daughter of Captain Jacob and Tamar Starr of 1310 King Street in Wilmington.|
Starr, Captain Jacob
|Material||Linen; wool embroidery|
|Place of Origin||Wilmington, DE|