Kentucky Needlework Sampler stitched by Eliza Pearson and dated 1832, silk on coarse weave linen in colors of red, navy blue, green, brown/tan and ivory. “Eliza Pearson Aged 9 1832” stitched into 5 rows of alphabets and numbers, each row separated by a band of cross stitch in colorful and decorative motifs, over a verse: “O God permit thy gracious name to stand as the first ephod (sic for “effort”) of a female hand/And while her hand doth on the canvass move engage her youthful heart to seek thy love”. Large red multiple story house at lower center, flanked by urns of flowers; plain cross stitched border. Housed in a period wide ogee molded stained wood frame with gilt rabbet edge having a framing label verso for The Art Shop, Louisville, KY. 15″ x 11 3/4″ sight, 23″ x 20″ framed. Accompanied by a packet of genealogical information for Eliza A. Pearson, b. 1823 in Nelson County, KY (in an area which later became part of Hardin County). She married William Franklin in 1852 and had at least three children. She died in 1912 in Nelson County. CONDITION: Most colors remain bright, with some fading to tans and greens, 1/4″ area of ground loss at center possibly affecting the W in “While”, some small losses to various navy blue lettering on verse, overall ground discoloration. Frame has original surface with 1/2″ spots of veneer loss at each lower corner. Not examined out of frame.
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