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Elizabeth Rush, 1734

Sampler Archive ID: SA000251
Maker: Elizabeth Rush
Maker Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Maker Age: Unknown
Place Made: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
School/Teacher:Attributed to Elizabeth Marsh School
Year Made: 1734
Decade Made: 1730-1739
Owner: Winterthur Museum
Accession Number: 1975.0116
Object Credit: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Claneil Foundation
Contributor: Winterthur Museum


Physical Characteristics

Object type: Sampler
Needlework techniques: Embroidery
Shape: Tall rectangle
Object Dimensions: 17.30 H x 12.40 W (inches)
Framed Dimensions: 20.50 H x 15.50 W (inches)
Borders: 2
Decorative Bands: 6
Dividing Lines: 14
Enclosures: None
Text types: Personal name, Date, Verse, Maker signature, Motto or aphorism
Text medium: Stitched
The Bed Was Earth The Raised Pillar Stone Where On Poor Jacob Re[s]ted His Head & bones
Heaven Was His Canopy The Shades Of Night Was His Drawn Curtains To Exclude the light
This Poor State of Jacob as it seems to me his cattle found as soft a bed as he
Yet to his joy his God he found God is not always found in beds of down
See how the lillies flourish white and fair see how the ravens fed from heaven are 
Then neer distrust thy god for cloth or bread whilst lillies flouriesh and the ravens fed
[Oh thou great] king of kings [arise and reign] except thy vertue springs all worships vain
Except thy quickning life be sett to rise theres none [c]an offer up a sacrifice
[That find] acceptance with so [great a king] and then who dare into thy presence [bring]
The blemished the maimed or the blind which with an earthly prince could never find
Any regard but [rather] for the same severe chast[i]zement with rebuke and shame
O let thy holy power operate within thy temple thou immaculate
This work in [hand] my friends may have
when I am dead and laid in my grave
Elizabeth Rush her work
done in the th year of her age

1734
Motifs/Symbols: Floral and plant
Scenes/Pictures: None
Ground: Linen
Ground Condition: Wear:
Cleanliness:
Loss:
Thread: Silk
Thread Colors Front: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Pink, Red, Tan, White
Thread Condition: Borders: Intact
Text: Considerable loss
Symbols: Intact
Other Materials: None
Stitch Types: Cross, Queen or rococo, Running, Satin, Stem, encroaching satin or flat stitch
Thread Count: Vertical: 44
Horizontal: 45

Maker History

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Birthdate:
Full text of "Descendants of John Rush" - Internet Archive, Possiby 1723 http://archive.org/stream/jstor-20083549/20083549_djvu.txt
Birth Location:
Full text of "Descendants of John Rush" - Internet Archive
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State Full text of "Descendants of John Rush" - Internet Archive
Death Date:
Full text of "Descendants of John Rush" - Internet Archive http://archive.org/stream/jstor-20083549
Death Location:
Religion:
Full text of "Descendants of John Rush" - Internet Archive http://archive.org/stream/jstor-20083549/20083549_djvu.txt
Parents:
Full text of "Descendants of John Rush" - Internet Archive http://archive.org/stream/jstor-20083549/20083549_djvu.txt
Full text of "Descendants of John Rush" - Internet Archive http://archive.org/stream/jstor-20083549/20083549_djvu.txt
Full text of "Descendants of John Rush" - Internet Archive http://archive.org/stream/jstor-20083549/20083549_djvu.txt
Full text of "Descendants of John Rush" - Internet Archive http://archive.org/stream/jstor-20083549/20083549_djvu.txt
Colonial Families of the United States of America: In which is Given the History, Genealogy and Armorial Bearings of Colonial Families who Settled in the American Colonies from the Time of the Settlem
Full text of "Descendants of John Rush" - Internet Archive http://archive.org/stream/jstor-20083549/20083549_djvu.txt
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Object History

Previous Owners:
Conservation:

Conservator: Wintethur Museum
Date:
Actions:
Other actions: reframed after purchase

Exhibitions:
Literature:

Author(s): Susan Burrows Swan
Title: Plain & Fancy: American Women and their Needlework, 1650-1850
Publication/Publisher: Curious Works Press, pp. 56-57
Date: 1995

Author(s): Betty Ring
Title: Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers and Pictorial Needlework 1650-1850, Vol. II
Publication/Publisher: A. A. Knopf, p. 330
Date: 1993

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

Author(s): Susan Burrows Swan
Title: Plain & Fancy: American Women and Their Needlework, 1700-1850
Publication/Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, pp. 48-49
Date: 1977

Author(s): Susan Burrows Swan
Title: A Winterthur Guide to American Needlework
Publication/Publisher: New York: Crown Publishers, p. 33
Date: 1976

Author(s): Margaret B. Schiffer
Title: Historical Needlework of Pennsylvania
Publication/Publisher: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 20-21 (similar samplers)
Date: 1958

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