Ann Woodcock Sampler
17 1/4 " x 16 1/2". 20 1/2" x 20 " including a modern frame. Ann's beautiful sampler is absolutely filled with charming motifs. There are birds, trees,
florals, a basket of fruit, butterflies, lions and a graceful garland of flowers, as well as two interesting little castles. Those motifs are all fairly common on 19th
century samplers. But Ann added several wonderful motifs that are not very common. There is a charming ship filled with many people (and a dog!), with what
appears to be a pair of rising phoenix soaring above. A tiny dragon appears to be passing by the ship and there is also a lovely lady in a striped gown. Ann also
signed and dated her sampler inside two delicate hearts and she put a parrot on top of the fruit basket.
Her verse reads:
"Death, like an overflowing stream,
There is an overall darkening in the center of the sampler and there is some bleeding in the verse area. The fabric is quite gauze-like, so the weakened threads in the verse area give the
appearance of small holes in the fabric. But the colors are vibrant and other than the verse area, there is no other damage. There is a label on the back of the sampler which states that the piece
has been framed with Tru Vue conservation glass.
Sweeps us away our Life's a dream,
An empty Tale, a Morning Flow'r,
Cut down and wither'd in an Hour.
Worked by Ann Woodcock 1818".