Hannah Taylor Sampler
Samplers were made by young girls learning to sew different embroidery stitches.Full description »
Samplers were made by young girls learning to sew different embroidery stitches. Proud parents would display them in the parlour to show that they were wealthy enough to send their daughters to needlework school.
This piece was made by a ten-year-old girl named Hannah Taylor. It is similar to other samplers made in Newport at this time known as ‘frolicking people’ samplers, due to the elegant ladies, gentlemen and children included in the stitching. They were probably all completed at the same needlework school in Newport.
'Hannah Taylor’s small jewel-like sampler is a delight to see in person. It’s one of those exceptional artefacts that you approach with reverence and hushed whispers. One can actually feel the power it generates from its beauty and skill.' Kimberly Ivey, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation