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Object ID 1956.054.019
Object Name Sampler
Collection Textiles
Credit line Gift of the Estate of Mrs. L Heisler Ball
Date 1805
Artist Sarah Pennock
Made Sarah Pennock
Description Girls boarding school project sampler done on very fine, starched linen with text embroidered in green. At the top is "West-Town Boarding School" and underneath this header is a very neat and precisely stitched alphabet in both capital and lower case letters. Beneath the marking portion of the sampler are two short religious/moral poems, the first of which is three lines long: "Treasures, though small[,] attained on true principals of virtue are sweet in / the possession, and while we walk in the light of the Lord, there is / True comfort and satisfaction. Innocent youth exceeds the fragrance of roses." The second poem is divided into four lines: "From each terrestrial bondage set me free / Still every wish that centres [sic] not in thee / Bid my fond hopes my vain disquiet cease / And point my path to everlasting peace." The maker signs her work "Sarah Pennock / 1805." The embroidery is done within a simple, oval-shaped, vine-and-leaf border.
Dimensions W-13 L-15.375 inches
Provenance There were two students named Sarah Pennock enrolled at the Westtown school when this sampler was made but it is unclear at this point which one of them worked it. One student was from West Marlborough, PA and her father was Samuel Pennock. She was enrolled in November 1804 at the age of fifteen and was there until August 1805. The other student named Sarah Pennock was from Philadelphia and was first enrolled May 1805 at the age of twelve (her parents were George & Sarah). This student was there between May 1805 & May 1806 and then had a spotty attendance record punctuated by long absences until January 1809.
Subjects Textiles
Search Terms Samplers
Sarah Pennock
West-Town Boarding School
Nineteenth Century
Material Linen; wool embroidery
Place of Origin Westtown, PA