This English sampler features a four sided honeysuckle border with one
row of alphabets across the top, followed by a traditional verse. Below the verse is an arcaded floral band, followed by two scenic
registers. The first is centered by a stylized stag and flanked by
potted flowers, peacocks, butterflies and small birds. The second scene
illustrates a possibly randy shepherd and a consenting shepherdess with
their dog and sheep, sitting on the trunk of a tree. To their right is
a ship with finely stitched rigging, flying what could be the flag of
the East India Company.
When the original sampler was removed from its frame a cluster of at
least thirty dried bay leaves had been placed behind the sampler,
presumably put there to discourage insect damage, and it worked very
well, as antique sampler is in very good condition. Grace Kemish signed
her work in a cartouche at the bottom but picked out the last two
digits of the date. I am guessing the date at 1816, or within the range
Stitch count is 387 W x 439 H.
Stitches used are cross, back, straight, and counted
On 40 count linen the finished reproduction will measure
approximately 19-1/4" x 22".