Rows of Alphabets, Numerals, repeating Border Patterns and Verses, surrounded by a Border of natural Flowers rising from a basket at the bottom.
Mary Postle (fl.1747)
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Montacute House, Somerset (Accredited Museum)
Needlework was the most popular leisure activity for the mistress of the house, her daughters and maids, as the most delightful and productive way of filling ‘those vacant hours which were not filled by devotion or business’.
Sampler, dated 1747, Mary Postle. Wool embroidered with coloured silks using long and short, buttonhole, cross, satin and Algerian eye stitches. Rows of alphabets, numerals, narrow repeating border patterns and verses, surrounded by a border of natural flowers rising from a basket at the bottom. Verse and inscription 'Great God compassionate and mild, Forgive the follies of a child. Teach me to pray and mind thy word. That I may learn to fear the Lord. Wrought by Mary Postle in 1747'. Photo copyright NTPL/Richard Pike
The collection of Dr Douglas Goodhart.
Marks and inscriptions
Great God compassionate and mild, Forgive the follies of a child. Teach me to pray and mind they word. That I may learn to fear the Lord Wrought by Mary Postle in 1747
Makers and roles
Mary Postle (fl.1747), embroiderer