|Credit line||Gift of Samuel Bancroft Bird|
Large framed sampler on course linen that has a large central crewelwork flowerpot motif that is surrounded by sprigs of embroidered crewelwork flowers. A section above the central flowerpot image contains a marking sampler with a set of script capital letters, a set of eyelet capitals, and the numbers one through twelve. Below the flowerpot is a six-line verse embroidered in blue: "Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand / as the first effort of my youthful hand / and while my fingers oer thy canvass [sic] move / Engage my tender heart to seek thy love / With thy dear children let me share a part / and write thy self upon my heart." It is signed: "Susanna Robinson 1823."
|Dimensions||W-24 L-26.5 inches|
|Dimension Details||framed dimensions; sampler is 23 1/2" x 21".|
|Owned||Robinson, Richardson, & Bancroft families|
The donor, Samuel Bancroft Bird, is the great grandson of the maker. Susanna Robinson (1812-1865) was the eighth child of William & Elizabeth Hanson Robinson of Wilmington. She married Samuel S. Richardson (1812-1880). Their daughter Mary A. Richardson married Samuel Bancroft, Jr. Mary & Samuel's daughter Elizabeth and her husband John Blymer Bird were the parents of the donor.
New Castle County
|Material||Linen; wool & chenille embroidery|
|Place of Origin||Wilmington, DE|