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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

Townshend, VT sampler from Huber

Philinda Lamb
Needlework 'sampler
Townshend, VT dated 1820

Vermont house sampler inscribed: Philinda Lamb Townshend age 13 years July 24. 1820.

Philinda worked this sampler featuring a center hall house with flowering baskets and trees and a depiction of a woman and little girl that likely represent herself and her mother who died when Philinda was only three years old. She included a beautiful and sensitive poem by Robert Herrick (1591-1674) titled "To Blossoms" - Fair pledges of a fruitful tree Why do you fall so fast ---, and the words of an equally sensitive ballad by Mr. C. F. Webb titled "The Hero's Orphan Girl" - Oh lady, buy these budding flowers, for I am cold, and wet, and weary---.

Philinda of Townshend, VT was the fifth of five children, she married Ephraim Bradley and they had at least one child. More genealogical information is available.

Silk on linen; 18 ¼" x 20 ½" framed.


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