Maria Bowen, 1844

Maria Bowen is an English sampler of the early mid-19th century depicting the English love of nature – birds, flowers, deer, and bees surrounded by a deep honeysuckle border. Maria also included a house in the lower third of her sampler, possibly a view of her own home. Maria’s faith is echoed in the words that she chose for her sampler.

Verses: The first verse is, “Tis religion that must give sweetest pleasure while we live. Tis religion must supply solid comfort when we die.” The second is, “Tell me ye knowing and discerning few where I can find a friend both firm and true who stands by me when in deep distress and then his love and friendship most express.”

The first verse she chose was from Mary Masters’ 1755 book of poetry and the second is from an 1842 school text and shows the moralistic view of education of the time.

The piece is stitched in DMC on 40 ct Zweigart Antique White linen. Stitch count is 230 x 292 and stitches used are cross over 1 and 2 and satin stitch.

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