1826 verse and motif sampler by Eliza Field. The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in a variety of very fine stitches. Meandering floral border and dividing lines. Colours gold, red, yellow, green, pale blue, pale green, light brown, copper, black, pink, green and dark brown. Alphabets A-Z in upper case, two in lower case and numbers 1-14. Verse reads ‘Look on this Sampler not A sprig that’s there; Was made by chance, or finished without care; By art the flowers beneath the needle grew, The stems rose verdant, and the Rose buds blew: Art governs life, who happinefs attains, Must spare no thinking nor excuse no pains.’ Signed and dated ‘Eliza Field April 1826’. A good set of motifs, some finely embroidered, including flowering trees, butterflies, birds, flower trees, flower pots and baskets of flowers. Framed in a Victorian frame, which has been repainted in gold. Rippled and dimpled old glass. Mounting: The sampler is stitched to acid-free mountboard. Frame backed with wood panel and brown paper and sealed with
+85 tape.. Dimensions exclude the frame and slip.