Elizabeth Ann Phillips

American Samplers

Elizabeth Ann Phillips

c. 1815

South Carolina

Description:

Large alphabet sampler with a three-sided free-formed border of flowers and grapes. There is a three-dimensional quality to the leaves. The bottom of the sampler is anchored by a three-storied house with many windows. A unique feature is the use of mica in the window of the front door. There are wonderful lacy trees on either side of the house. The cartouche surrounding the genealogical information is a traditional strawberry border design. Other Scottish influences include the birds on top of the trees and two baskets of flowers.

Size (W x H): 18 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches

Stitches: Hem, satin, chain, French knot, stem, cross

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

Records for this family have been difficult to determine. There is one potential grouping: John Phillips (1774) of South Carolina married Jane or Jenny While (1788) in 1803. Their nine children include: Rebecca (1804), Mary (1807), William (1810), John (1812), Ruben (1814), James (1817), David (1820), Robert (1822), Elizabeth Ann (1825-1899). While the dates are not exact this is the closest we've been able to come. Possibly these are Elizabeth Ann's siblings who died, as their names are stitched in black.

Verse:

James Phillips, Born March.the.7.1817.
John Phillips, Born March.the 9. 1808.
Mary Ann Phillips, Born April.the 25. 1809.
William Phillips, Born July, the 23. 1810.

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