MARY ELIZABETH HOFFMAN
W. Donegal Twp., Pennsylvania, 1836
Mary Elizabeth worked the most exuberant sampler known from this West Donegal group. The daughter of John and
Mary Hoffman she pictured herself beside a monument to her father which reads, Sacred/ Too/ The Memory of Jo/ hn
Hoffman depa/ rted This Life Au/ gust 9th AD 1830/ Aged 33 What i/ Have Lost Hea/ ven Has Instore.
The central panel is filled with verse, large baskets of flowers, huge birds perched on flowering cornucopias and
a cartouche with inscription, Mary Elizabeth/ Hoffman Work’d/ This Sampler In/ The 13th Year of/ Her Age AD
1836, followed by numerous initials probably representing family members, and a three-sided border sporting large
Silk on linen; 17 1/8” x 16 7/8”.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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