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Hands, Rose Hannah, 1831 or 1832–1893

Rose Hannah Hands sampler.

Great Britain, 1840.
Physical Description:
1 sampler : embroidery ; visible area 41 x 31 cm, in frame 53 x 43 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Textiles 8
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Embroidered sampler inscribed "Rose Hannah Hinds finished this work in the ninth year of her age, March 4, 1840." The sampler includes, from top to bottom: the letters of the alphabet and numbers 1-12 arranged in a pyramid; two stanzas of verse; and the image of a red brick house. The sampler is framed by a border of honeysuckle. Various plant and animal forms fill the margins, including strawberries, flowers, birds, foxes, a dog, and a chicken.
The first verse was commonly copied in samplers: "Next unto God dear Parents I address / Myself to you in humble thankfulness / For all your care and charge on me bestow'd / And means of learning unto me allowed." The verse may have first appeared in editions of William Mather's primer The young man's companion, in the late 17th century. The second stanza of verse is from Mary Master's 18th-century hymn, "Let's walk in the light": "Tis religion that can give / Sweetest pleasure while we live / Tis religion must supply / Solid comfort when we die."
Subject Terms:
Hands, Rose Hannah, 1831 or 1832-1893.
Women -- Education -- Great Britain.
Embroidery (visual works)
Samplers (embroidery)
Children's art.
Mather, W. (William), active 1695. Young man's companion.
Masters, Mary, approximately 1706-approximately 1759. Let's walk in the light.
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