This superb polychrome sampler was hand wrought by Mary Ann Lines and dated 1804, with flowers, leaves, geometric borders, animals, trees, a full upper case alphabet, birds, and baskets of fruit. It reads “Next unto God, my parents I address, my self to you, in humble thankfulness; For all your Care, and Charge on me bestow’d, The means of learning unto me allow’d. Go on, I pray, and let me still pursue, Those Golden Arts the Vulgar never knew. Censure not rashly, Nature’s apt to halt, Look inward, He’s unborn that has no fault, Mary Ann Lines, 1804”. Very good condition, with some losses around the borders, slight fading and discoloring in some spots. Housed under glass in a period wooden frame. Dimensions: 17 ½” h x 12 ¼” w, sight; 19 ¼” h x 13 ⅞” w, framed.
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