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Object Name Sampler
Date 1869-1869
Maker St. Catherine's Convent School; Roche, Mary
Material Cotton/Thread
Description Needlepoint Sampler made by Mary Roche while she was a student at St. Catherine's Convent School in 1869.

Sampler has a colorful, decorative, 2-inch border made up of heavy cotton thread embroidery which surrounds a poem worked in lighter weight cotton thread. On the top half of the sampler worked in heavy cotton thread embroidery is an image of a brown cross surrounded by a red and green floral design.

The first four lines of the poem worked in blue thread are: "In the Cross is sure Salvation/ Neath its shade true peace is found/ They in life who loved and sought it,/ Shall in death with bliss abound." The second four lines of the poem worked in red thread are: "In eternal realms how glorious!/ Evermore on Him to gaze/ For whose dear sake the Cross was borne/ During brief and passing days." The next two lines of the poem worked in black thread are: "Worked by Mary Roche/ at St. Catherine's Convt School" The last line of the poem worked in red thread is: "1869"

Notes This object was loaned to the Museum of American Folk Art in New York, NY for the exhibition "The Fabric of the State" which ran from May 22, 1972 to July 5, 1972. It then traveled until March 30, 1973.

Comment by H.K.H (06/12/73):
"You may be interested to know that the sampler which the Adirondack Museum lent to the Museum of American Folk Art exhibition, now being held in the McGraw Hill building on the Avenue of the Americas, is being seen daily by, I would guess, several thousand people."
Dimensions H-17 W-12 inches
Collection ART050 Needlework
Catalog Number 1957.139.0001
Imagefile 051\1957.139.0001.JPG
Species Sampler