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Elizabeth Old

MEDIUM Linen, cotton, silk
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS
DATES 1823
DIMENSIONS 21 5/8 x 21 3/4 in. (54.9 x 55.2 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2009.9
CREDIT LINE Gift of Constance L. Christensen
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Elizabeth Old (American or English, 1811-?). Sampler, 1823. Linen, cotton, silk, 21 5/8 x 21 3/4 in. (54.9 x 55.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Constance L. Christensen, 2009.9. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.2009.9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Square, open weave, cream, linen/cotton background with overall cross and tent stitch decoration in silk thread, symmetrical flora and fauna decoration, with floral border design of stylized meandering vine in dark green, with flowers in dark and light green and yellow and orange; verse at upper section and name and date stitched at lower third, narrow hem at upper and lower edges with selvedges at both remaining sides. Upper center section has verse: " In thy garden here below water us that/ We may grow when all grace to us/ Is given then transplant us into/ Heaven the feeblest lamb/Admist the flock shall be/The shepherds care while/Folded in the saviours arms/We re safe from every snareā€. Center: flora and fauna decoration of green and yellow bird, baskets of flowers in pink and red, and abstract decorative diamond shape design, crown and at lower third, large dark and light brown deer with antlers. Surrounding decoration of symmetrical, opposing, repeating design of acorns in brown, stylized flowers and flower baskets in brown, yellow and light green and peacocks in dark and light blue, the overall decoration interspersed with small flowers in light pink and dark pink and yellow and random geometric shapes. Lower center section has stitched "Elizabeth Old her Work Aged 12 years the year of our Lord 1823". Condition: good with proper right small brown stain in upper third, loss of color to stitching.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (71%)
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