Nicola tells us: "Nine-year-old Elizabeth Harding finished her sampler on March 11th in 1791 during the reign of George III. Sadly, we have been unable to trace Elizabeth, as there are many Elizabeth Hardings born around 1782. However, we do know that the Harding name has its origins in Scandinavia and Germany. It appears to be an old Nordic/Teutonic term for “tough guy”, and is still used as such in Sweden and the Hardanger Fjord in Norway, where people are still called “Hardings” or “Hardinger”.
A Georgian red brick mansion house with checkerboard steps proudly takes centre stage and is guarded on either side by pine and apple trees. The doves in flight and the dovecote are a charming feature. Elizabeth filled the four sections of her sampler with parrots, squirrels, birds, a small black dog and flowers.
There are two verses. The first is based on the Biblical parable of the Prodigal Son.
Christs Arms do still stand open to receive
All weary Prodigals that Sin do leave
For them he left his Fathers blest Abode
Made Son of Man to make Man Son of God
To cure their Wounds he Life s Elixir bled
And dyd a Death to raise them from the Dead
The second verse is a poem attributed to John Dryden (1631-1700).
Fragrant the Rose is but it fades in Time
The Violet sweet but quickly past the Prime
White Lillies hang their Heads and soon decay
And whiter Snow in Minutes melts away
Such and so with ring are our early Joys
Which Time or Sickness speedily destroys."
The stitch count is 367w x 425h.
The model was stitched on 40 count hand dyed Vintage Sand Dune from Lakeside Linens using Au Ver à Soie d’Alger silk floss. A DMC conversion is included.
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