Harriet Noke, England, May 6th 1832
Harriet Noke worked this sampler in 1832 in rich shades of greens, golds, ivory, rust and brown. Virtually every bit of available space is filled with nicely worked imagery and verse as well as a wonderful two chimney house with fenced yard. Harriet's bold and beautifully worked border on the sampler literally takes up more than half the space where large, full blossoms trail on vines with shaded leaves and surround the central portion of the sampler that contains the verse and the house as well as her name and the date, May 6th 1832.
The verse reads:
To be resign'd when we betide,
Patient when favours are denied,
And pleas'd with favours giv'n:
Most surely this is wisdom's part.
This is that inoc'nse of the heart,
Whose fragrance smells to heav'n.
The sampler is worked in shimmery silk on fine linen and is in good condition with only a few scattered areas of loss that are apparent only upon very close inspection as the sampler is mounted on a background linen of similar color. It has been conservation mounted into a bird's eye maple frame with a lemon gold liner. It is interesting to note that while most English samplers exhibit almost a rigid symmetry of mirror image motifs, Harriet departed from this in that she used two different patterns in the baskets that flank the peacock. Size is 16" x 21".
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