Amanda F. Goodale's Sampler


At center, an inscribed monument with stepped top surmounted by sphere. Behind monument, weeping willow tree with crooked trunk; above monument and tree are five sprays of flowers, including roses, rosebuds, tulips, carnations, and star-flowers, with leaves; two sprays are tied with blue bows. At lower corners, two weeping willow trees that, like the monument, stand on ground of French knots. Silk embroidery thread on linen ground. STITCHES: satin, straight, split, French knot, stem, cross, crosslet. THREAD COUNT: warp 28, weft 26/in.


"To the memory of
Guni Goodale who
was born March 9th
and departed this life
Jan 27th 1832 aged 52.

There remaineth there-
fore a rest to the peo-
ple of God.

Amanda F. Goodale 1832."


Amanda F. Goodale was born ca. 1818 to Guni (1780-1832) and Ann (1776-1864) Goodale in Glastonbury, Connecticut. On July 11, 1848, she was married to Henry Magill (1809-1892), by Rev. Charles R. Fisher. Henry was a farmer. Ann Goodale is living with Henry and Amanda in the 1850 census. Amanda died February 4, 1892 in Windsor, Connecticut.

Her sampler was probably worked at Miss Cornwall’s school in Glastonbury, Connecticut. All the motifs on her sampler can be found on other samplers worked at Miss Cornwall’s school.

Date Made: 1832Associated Dates: 1982-12-02

Maker: Goodale, Amanda F.

Location: Currently on loan

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, HartfordAssociated Place: United States: Maryland, Potomac

Subject: Trees, Flowers

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Stephens

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1983.0617.04Catalog Number: 1983.0617.04Accession Number: 1983.0617

Object Name: samplerOther Terms: sampler; 1832

Physical Description: silk (overall material)linen (overall material)blue (overall color)green (overall color)pink (overall color)yellow (overall color)black(faded) (overall color)tan ground (overall color)memorial sampler (overall style)embroidery (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 18 1/4 in x 18 3/8 in; 46.355 cm x 46.6725 cmaverage spatial: 18 3/8 in x 18 1/4 in; x 46.6725 cm x 46.355 cm


Record Id: nmah_1096008

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