DESCRIPTION: This sampler stitched by Lucy Ballard Eppes includes cross, eyelet, queen, four-sided, and rice stitches in silk on a linen ground. The composition features alphabet and numerical sequences including the inscription “Lucy Ballard Eppes 1816” and further documentation of “Richmond Virginia”.
Also listed are the following family members: “Peter Eppes agd 53/Lucy Eppes agd 48/John T Eppes/Peter T Eppes/Littlebury R Eppes/Mary Eppes/Elizabeth Eppes/Lucy B Eppes/Sarah T Eppes/Angelica Eppes”
Inscribed is the following poem entitled “Encompassed in an Angel’s Frame” written by British General John Burgoyne (1722-1792). It is partially quoted on the sampler as follows:
“Encompassed in an angels frame
An angels virtue lay
Too soon did Heaven assert its claim
And call its own away.
My An “