Object Details

Image courtesy of Winterthur Museum

Mary Ann Hoover, 1818

Sampler Archive ID: SA000244
Maker: Mary Ann Hoover
Maker Birthplace: Unknown
Maker Age: Unknown
Place Made: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Year Made: 1818
Decade Made: 1810-1819
Owner: Winterthur Museum
Accession Number: 1967.1717
Object Credit: Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont
Contributor: Winterthur Museum

Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Mostly square muslin-wrObject is on a modern, apped mat board an
Object Dimensions: 21 H x 21.37 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: There is no frame.
Borders: 2
Decorative Bands: 1
Dividing Lines: 1
Enclosures: None
Text types: Personal name, Date, Verse, Maker signature
Text medium: Stitched
My Life I would renew
Devote O Lord to thee
And In thy Service I would
spend a Long Eternity
Mary Ann
In her
[ ]th Year 1818
Give me a Calm a thank
ful heart From Every
Murmur Free the Blessing
Of thy Grace Impart and
Make Me Live to thee
Motifs/Symbols: Animals, Architectural, Birds and insects, Floral and plant, Geometric, Human made object
Scenes/Pictures: Domestic, house & yard,
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, White
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Intact
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Chain, Eyelet, Satin, Stem
Thread Count: Vertical:

Maker History

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Birth Name:
Birth Location:
City: unknown
County: unknown
State: unknown
Death Date:
Death Location:
Parents: Mother: Birth: Death:
Father: Birth: Death:

Object History

Previous Owners:

Name: Henry Francis du Pont
Relation to maker: none


Conservator: Wintethur Museum
Other actions: The sampler is mounted on modern, muslin-wrapped mat board and not framed. All four edges have a portion of the original tape to which the sampler is sewn.

Exhibitions: Title: Needles & Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework
Host: Winterthur Museum
Location: Winterthur, DE
Date: Oct. 8, 2005 – Jan. 22, 2006

Title: Needles & Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework from the Winterthur Collection
Host: Concord Museum
Location: Concord, MA
Date: Oct. 3, 2006 – Jan. 7, 2007


Author(s): Winterthur Museum
Title: Needles & Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework
Publication/Publisher: Winterthur Museum (exhibition catalog)
Date: 2005

Author(s): Linda Eaton
Title: Needles & Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework
Publication/Publisher: Winterthur Magazine, pp. 12-13.
Date: 2005

Author(s): Betty Ring
Title: Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework 1650-1850, Vol. II
Publication/Publisher: A. A. Knopf, p. 368
Date: 1993

Author(s): Susan Burrows Swan
Title: Recent Discoveries About Philadelphia Samplers
Publication/Publisher: The Magazine Antiques, 136, pp. 1334-1343
Date: Dec. 1989

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