This is a rare Georgian /Victorian sampler with family history on the back that tells a sad but very interesting story.
It is wonderful that a person who is long dead can have part of their life brought into focus again by an historical needlework.
This sampler was begun by Harriet Sidey who I believe was born in the 1830's.
She probably started this when she was a young child and perhaps never finished it or, it was finished, and then altered for reasons that are explained on the back by her mother.
Harriet was in East Troy in America when she died at age 23.
The sampler was sent back to England to her mother who received her effects, and, it appears, was heartbroken.
In memory of her late daughter, her mother embroidered a central plaque of a praying child with tears on her cheeks as the central motif of this earlier needlework and dedicated it to her daughter with the small inset.
There is a bit more family history on the back and the whole sampler was kept in the family as a memory of this long lost daughter and relative.
I believe that Harriet Sibey can be looked up on the internet, but there is more information about her on this sweet memorial piece.
It was framed in Banbury, England when her mother had finished it and retains that frame.
A rare and touching needlework.
Condition: Very good. Colors still very bright.
Size: Sight size: 11 1/4 by 12 1/4 inches.
Frame size: height- 15inches, width- 14 inches.
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