Charlotte Coates Boyd

American Samplers

Charlotte Coates Boyd, age 13

c.1825

Maryland

Description:

We were so fortunate to obtain this "Busy Yard Sampler" from the collection of Mary Jaene Edmonds. Mrs. Edmonds purchased this sampler in March 1981 in Washington, D.C. Rather than recreate a description, we'd like to share the one that came from Mrs. Edmond's files: Pictorial scene with a large house having arched windows and a grand entrance with wrought railing at the steps. A walkway and ornate gate with fence which encloses grassy area upon which are gathered two women and a girl. Five chickens are the left, a dog, large cow and two outbuildings are to the right. A wandering elaborate floral border frames the piece. Large trees come up from behind the house while a rather geometric leafed tree stands to the left, a strange palm-like tree to the right.

Stitches:

Satin, cross, herringbone, cross-over-one, padded satin

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

Charlotte is believed to be the daughter of Elizabeth and Joseph Boyd, born in about 1813 in Baltimore. In 1827 a Joseph Boyd is listed the Directory as a hatter with a business located on the east side of Grant Street near Matthew Street.

Verse:

Charlotte Coates Boyd's Work Finisheb In The Thirteenth Year of
Her Age. A.D.

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Additional Information

This sampler is included in Samplers & Samplermakers An American Schoolgirl Art 1700-1850 by Mary Jaene Edmonds, pages 133-135. 

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