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Object ID N1973.022
Object Name Sampler
Collection Textiles
Credit line DHS Collection
Date 1813
Artist Mary Starr
Made Mary Starr
Description 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".
Owned Starr family
Provenance Mary Starr was the daughter of Captain Jacob and Tamar Starr of 1310 King Street in Wilmington.
Subjects Textiles
People Starr, Mary
Starr, Captain Jacob
Search Terms Samplers
Mary Starr
Nineteenth Century
Starr Family
King Street
Material Linen; wool embroidery
Place of Origin Wilmington, DE