Extraordinary pair of large, related samplers found in the Delaware County PA area. They are done in the same style and square shape, one year apart by the Gledhill sisters: Mary and Caroline. The surname is originally from Yorkshire, England, an area known for its needlework samplers. The Ackworth and York School for Girls were an important influence on the sewing curriculum of the Westown Quaker School in West Chester Pennsylvania.
The larger one is an architectural / extract sampler done by Mary in 1835. It depicts a large, flat roof, Federal / Greek Revival style, two chimney, six column building with large trees and vegetation on each side and steps leading to a formal garden with a central pond. It has a wide floral border of delicate white flowers and leaves and finely finished edges. The upper half has baskets of flowers and pairs of facing birds placed symmetrically on each side of the following twelve line verse from "A Believer's Prayer for Children":
Preserve me from the snares of youth Grant me oh God the power of truth Teach me to watch to pray to praise And honour thee in all my ways Great God of life and glory Thou only canst defend me Thy Power display, teach me to pray And thy salvation send me Teach me to love and praise thee To hate the ways of folly To spend my days in wisdom's ways And live to thy own glory.
The second is a floral sampler, done by Caroline in 1936 with silk threads in cornflower blue, shades of green, beige and brown--the same color scheme used by Mary. Maker names and year they were made are embroidered inside cartouches. Both samplers come ready to display in matching, 2" wide light gilt wood frames. In very good used condition with minor imperfections and losses to edges of floral one. Shipped professionally packed, fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Architectural: Frame: 25 7/8" Wide by 25" High (65.7 cm W by 63.5 H); Sampler: 23 3/4" square approximately. Floral: Frame: 19 11/16" by 19 13/16" (50 cm W by 50.3 cm H); Sampler: 17 5/8" square approximately.