Sampler by Catherine Ely McKinney
Made by Students
silk on linen
Catherine Ely McKinney (1803-1873)
July 24, 1811
Litchfield Historical Society
12 5/8" length x 11 1/2" width
This sampler was completed when Catherine was 8 years old, twelve years before she attended the Litchfield Female Academy. It consists of off white and yellowish cotton stitching on brownish green linsey woolsey background. Sampler lists alphabet in both upper and lower cases and numbers 1 to 10. Printed twice in a row. "Catherine B. Ely aged/8 years Litchfield July 24th 1811/Jesus permit thy name to stand/As the first effort of an infants hand/And while her fingers over this canvas more/Engage her tender heart to seek thy love/with thy dear children let her share a part/And write thy name thyself upon her heart" Wood frame painted gold
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