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Philadelphia Preasentation Sampler - Huber

Elizabeth Hammitt
Presentation Sampler
Philadelphia, PA c.1835-8

This brightly colored graphic sampler is inscribed: Respectfully Presented to John and Sarah Hammitt/ by their affectionate daughter Elizabeth Hammitt.

In a cartouche of flowering vines with a bow-knot, is the popular sampler verse:

Jesus permit thy sacred name to stand
As the first effort of a youthful hand
And as her fingers oer the canvas move
Engage her tender heart to seek thy love

A large basket of fruit and flowers is featured in the center of the sampler, and all is surrounded with a four-sided saw-tooth and flowering vine border.

Elizabeth was the daughter of John Hammitt and Sarah Upperman who were married on New Years Day, 1821. Elizabeth was born in 1824, and 2 years later her parents adopted an infant that only lived for one month, leaving Elizabeth as an only child. It appears that they may have lived on Wood St., in Philadelphia. At age 15 in 1839, she married Jacob Mood and they had two sons. Elizabeth (1824-1895) is buried in Palmer Cemetery, Philadelphia.

Silk on linen; 23 x 21.5 inches framed.


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