Harriot Hammond 1811
An English Adam and Eve sampler

Harriot Hammond

This wonderfully busy sampler is filled with many traditional and some quite unusual motifs including a coat of arms at the top, an oversized shepherd and shepherdess, woodpeckers, stylized gazebos, fluttering cherubs, squirrels, crows, and Adam and Eve beside the Tree of Life. A four sided meandering floral border surrounds the various scenes, with three verses.

The lord my pasture shall prepare
And feed me with a shepherds care
His preference shall my wants supply
And guard me with a watchful eye
My noon day walks he shall attend
And all my midnight hours defend

When in the sultry glebe I faint
Or on the thirsty mountains pant
To fertile vales and dewy meads
My weary wandring steps he leads
Where peaceful rivers soft and slow
Amid the verdant landscape flow

The lowermost verse is a quotation from Genesis, Chapter the 3rd verse the 6th.

The sampler is in very good condition, vivid color, with just a few tiny minor holes that do not interfere with the stitching. Stitches used are cross, satin, eyelet and petit point. Measurements of the sampler itself are 16-1/4" x 12-1/4", with the frame (which appears to be original) 20" x 15-1/2".