Elizabeth Shreve

American Samplers

Elizabeth Shreve

1807

Burlington County, New Jersey

Description:

Featuring a stately Federal four-storied house, Elizabeth's sampler also includes a wide variety of spot motifs. Not limited to just floral themes, she included birds, insects, tiny dogs, deer and a depiction of a young lady in a striped skirt and top hat with her willow and evergreen trees. Note the three sets of alphabets and numerals 1-7. The unusual borders are particularly appealing and complex, with many stylized flowers arranged in a balanced format.

Size (W x H): 17 1/2 x 20 5/8 inches framed

Stitches: Cross, eyelet, Queen's, oblong cross, gobelin, four-sided, satin, stem

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

Job Shreve and Elizabeth Gauntt of Burlington County, New Jersey were members of the Upper Springfield Monthly Meeting; both families had long been members of the Society of Friends and been in Burlington County for many generations. Notably, Elizabeth Gauntt's uncle was John Woolman, famed Quaker preacher, author and activist. The births of the couple's 11 children were all recorded in the minutes of the Upper Springfield Monthly Meeting. Our samplermaker Elizabeth, and her twin brother Job, were born 27 October 1789. Siblings were Hannah (1781-1783), Abigail (1785-1854), Hannah (Jan-Sept. 1788), Caleb (Jan-April 1792), Thomas (1793-1795), Rebecca (1797), Caleb (1800-1841), Mercy (1802-1812). Job died in 1822.

In 1811 Elizabeth married Richard Cook and the couple had six children: Rachel (1811), Thomas (1815), Ann Eliza (1818), William (1820), Sarah Ann (1821), Gulielma Maria Springett Penn (1824). Elizabeth died in 1853 in England and is buried in the Whitechapel burial ground.

Verse:

Elizebeth Shrev
es Sampler Workd
in The 10th Month
1807

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