Elizabeth Forfitt 1749

Elizabeth Forfitt

Very finely stitched English sampler with alphabets and three verses at the top, with a scene featuring a large and elaborately detailed flower flanked by two enormous butterflies, within a four sided floral and Greek key border. The verses are:

Come down sweet Jesus from above
And feed my soul with heavenly love

Remember Time will come when we must give
Account to God how we on Earth do live

All secret thoughts are open to Gods sight
And he that sees in secret will requite

It is signed "Elizabeth Forfitt her work Stony Stratford Sep ye 29th 1749"

Stitches used in the sampler include eyelets, cross and tent. The measurements are 14" x 12-1/4". The sampler has not yet been conserved and has numerous small holes, but the color remains quite vivid. The frame is probably original.