Lydia I. Marden's Sampler

This sampler features a monument, rendered in perspective, flanked by two small trees and a flowering plant. On the top of the sampler is the inscription:
“So fadef[s] the
lovely blooming

Cut of in lifef[s]
erlief[s]t hour.”
On the monument is the inscription:
“In Memory
Sarah Pervier
who died 16th
of April 1826
aged 8 monthf[s]”
The monument represents death and Lydia’s inscription on the top comes from two different sources. The first line is by Anne Steele (1716-1778) from a poem entitled “On the Death of a Child” and the second line is from a hymn that is part of the Catholic liturgy for the feast of Holy Innocents (December 28). The sampler is stitched with silk and cotton embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 44, weft 44/ in. The stitches used are cross, satin, chain, and detached chain.
Nothing is known about the life of Lydia Marden.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Marden, Lydia
Physical Description
silk (embroidery thread material)
linen (ground material)
brown (overall color)
grey-green (overall color)
black (overall color)
pink (overall color)
tan ground (overall color)
embroidery (overall production method/technique)
overall: 8 3/4 in x 6 3/8 in; 22.225 cm x 16.1925 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M Greenwood

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