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Child's needlework sampler. This sampler was made by Katherine De Horne (1789-1847), a Quaker and the eldest daughter of a flour factor, who lived in Surrey Square, Southwark. A loosely woven linen ground is worked with polychrome silks with alphabets, floral devices and a verse entitled 'Of Improvement'. It uses cross stitch, satin stitch and open work techniques. Worked at the base of the sampler with a frame enclosing it, is a personal inscription, 'Katherine De Horne Her Work Finished In The 7th year of her age 1796'. The verse reads 'Learn by the bee from each event to find/Some hint of use or profit to your mind/Nothing so small but you may draw from thence/Improvement for your Virtue or your Sense/Honey like this life's evils will assuage/And yield you Sweets in your declining age'. This verse is found in 'Choice Emblems, Natural, Historical, Fabulous, Moral, and Divine.
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