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Object ID 1956.050.006
Object Name Sampler
Collection Textiles
Credit line Gift of the Misses Rachel Jane & Belle Sheperdson Morrison
Date 1808
Artist Bella Sheperdson
Made Bella Sheperdson
Description Girls' school project sampler on linen that has been removed from a frame. The main focus of the work is a moral poem embroidered in black: "My duty first unto the Lord I owe / For daily mercies which He does bestow / and for my Great Redeemers sake who gave / his life a ransom sinners for to save / My duty to my parents next is due / Whose good advice with pleasure I'll pursue / Respect with meekness let me ever bind / Friendships my duty unto all mankind." Beneath the poem are embroidered images of animals, birds, flowers, and two angles holding a crown and then the maker's inscription in black: "Bella Sheperdson Aged 9 years Done at Mrs. / Waters' School September 7, 1808." The entire composition is surrounded by a stylized floral border.

Dimensions W-16.75 L-16.25 inches
Provenance The maker, Bella Sheperdson (1799-1876), was born in Yorkshire, England but emigrated to America, where she married Francis Sawdon in Philadelphia in 1820. This item came to the donors from their mother, Emeline Louisa Thurlow Sawdon Morrison, the maker's daughter.
Subjects Textiles
Search Terms Samplers
Bella Sheperdson
Mrs. Waters School
Nineteenth Century
Material Linen; wool embroidery
Place of Origin England