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This delightful early 19th century silk sampler comes from the Swamethan Collection, the bases of which was used by Susan Mayor former head of needlework at Christies Auction house in her book SAMPLERS published in 1990 and reprinted in 92.

Depicting a central figure of ADAM & EVE with what was meant to be the British Lion and Unicorn either side, except young Fanny thought a large tabby cat would sit better. ( I love the personal touch). Below this the popular verse Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand... before her signature FANNY THOMAS in her 13th year June 24 1816. below this a large basket of fruit. All within a meandering floral border.

Very fine work and good colour throughout. Framed in a period maple frame measuring 17 x 21 1/2 inches ; 43.5 x 55 cm.

Condition a number of holes throughout some quite large although they do not in my thoughts detract from this sampler .

FANNY was born 1802 in the small Somerset Village of Frome, before moving to London


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