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Object ID 1957.015
Object Name Sampler
Collection Textiles
Credit line Gift of Samuel Bancroft Bird
Date 1823
Artist Susanna Robinson
Made Susanna Robinson
Description 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
Provenance 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.
Subjects Sewing
Search Terms Samplers
Susanna Robinson
Nineteenth Century
New Castle County
Material Linen; wool & chenille embroidery
Place of Origin Wilmington, DE