Circa 1815 silk and chenille on linen sampler with houses, figures and verse in cross and embroidery stitches, signed at top Eliza-th Jones Remington Her Work in her 8th year. Underneath her name is a verse in a cartouche (The Lord my pasture shall prepare / And feed me with a shepherd’s care; His presence shall my wants supply/ And guard me with a watchful eye), flanked by pots of flowering plants and birds. The lower half of the sampler is worked in a landscape design with two trees, a house, fence, and two couples, both fashionably dressed men and women in plumed hats. Several sheep graze along the lower edge, and the sampler is surrounded by an elaborate floral and geometric border. Floated on a linen background and framed under UV resistant glass in a primitive style red washed wood frame. 16-5/8″ X 21-1/2″, 21″ X 26″ framed. Elizabeth Remington’s sampler is attributed to an important group worked at an unknown Philadelphia school. For similar examples see Betty Ring, AMERICAN NEEDLEWORK TREASURES, pp. 38-39 (both of which sold at Sothebys in Jan. 2012, lots 639 and 642) and Margaret Schiffer, HISTORIC NEEDLEWORK OF PENNSYLVANIA. Elizabeth Jones Remington was the daughter of Captain John Pearce Remington of Philadelphia and his wife Elizabeth Strickland Remington. Although her birth date is not known, she had a brother born in 1800. She died in 1884 and is buried in St. Peter’s Episcopal Churchyard, Philadelphia. Condition: Sampler has been floated atop and sewn to a linen covered board. There is some ground and thread deterioration to the border, most noticeably in the lower left corner. Black thread shows typical deterioration (most noticeably on faces) and fading/bleeding, most noticeably on verse.Overall fading. Later frame, UV glass.
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