Aged 10 years

Louisa Silver Smith

This English sampler is closely related to others, some in the collection of The Scarlet Letter, and surely was the product of a skilled and inspired teacher. Similarities between these samplers include the intricate satin and stem stitched floral borders, the chenille detailing in the flora, finely executed satin and stem stitched architectural details, as well as the dates- 1827 on this one, and 1828 on our other example made by Mary Ann Bishop. This brilliant teacher must have taught only two or three years, but she left a distinctively impressive collection of work as her legacy. Louisa Silver Smith's sampler has been professionally cleaned and conservation mounted, within its original gilded frame, It measures 21"x24".