Frances R. Attkisson,

Frances R. Attkisson,

Goochland, Virginia, 1853

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sampler size: 17” x 18” • framed size: 19¾” x 20¾” • sold

This well-developed sampler was worked by Frances R. Attkisson in 1853 in Virginia, which she inscribes along the bottom. She was about 15 years old when she stitched this, born in 1838 to Archibald and Sarah H. Attkisson. Archibald married Sarah in 1828 and they had four children, Frances was the youngest. The family lived in Goochland, which is just northwest of Richmond in central Virginia, and Archibald was a schoolteacher here. He died in 1853, the same year that Frances completed her sampler.

Frances worked several alphabets, many family initials and a verse in this classic, square 19th century format. A pair of cross-stitched birds, each with a berry sprig in his beak, flanks her inscription, and her bold verse is the first few lines from a hymn by notable poet William Cowper (1731-1800). A framework of vines along the sides and a larger budding vine along the top complete her sampler.

Worked in silk on linen, her sampler remains in excellent condition, retaining its original color, as evidenced by a photo of the back (shown below). It has been conservation mounted into a black painted, molded frame.

(photo of reverse of sampler)

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