Ann Brough Sampler
15 1/2" x 16 1/2". 20 1/2" x 21 1/2 " including a lovely inlaid modern frame. Ann was christened on January 4, 1829 in Nottingham, England. Her parents were John Brough and Esther
James. Sadly, Ann died at the tender age of eleven, just one year after she finished her beautiful sampler.
Her sampler is filled with wonderful motifs including florals, birds, dogs, peacocks, windmills, trees, baskets of fruit, and a beautiful
eagle (or possibly a griffin). The bottom of her lovely sampler shows a a gated estate labeled "Nottingham". She surrounds her sampler with a strawberry border.
Her verse reads:
" God is our refuge and strength
a very Present Help in Trouble".
She signed her sampler with the words " Done by Ann Brough Aged 10 in the Year of our Lord 1839".
It is, of course, very poignant to know that she died so soon after completing her sampler.
There are several holes in Ann's sampler, although most of them are fairly small.
The largest one is in the upper right corner of the sampler. Other holes are located under the word "Lord", the upper left corner and near the bottom left windmill. There is also some
staining mostly on the left side of the sampler. But the silks are vibrant and the sampler has been conservation framed on