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SAMPLER

Category
TEXTILES
Object Name
SAMPLER
Maker/Artist
Younger, Amacettee
Place Made
Shelbyville, Kentucky
Date
1825
Materials
silk on linen __primary
Dimensions
[Overall Ht]16 1/2″ __[Overall Wdth]20 1/2″
Description
Sampler with undulating flower border; seven different alphabets separated by decoratively stitched bands; crowns, floral motifs, and flame or Irish stitch fill in rows after alphabets and verse; verse (from Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Man) reads: “Reason’s whole pleasure, all the Joys of sense/ Lie in three words; health, peace, and competence”; this followed by maker’s information “Amacettee Younger was born Aug. 30th 1811/ Work’d her Sampler In her 14th year”.

Born in Shelbyville, Kentucky, in 1811, Amacettee Younger (1811-1826) was the daughter of John W. Younger (1773-1858) and Mary Agatha Dearing (1777-1855). Amacettee completed her sampler in 1825 at the age of 14 years old, only one year before her death in November 1826. At the time she worked her sampler, there were several schools for young girls in Shelbyville, including the Shelbyville Academy, established in 1798, and Science Hill Female Academy, which began in 1825.

Object Location
Private collection
MESDA / Old Salem Accession Number
D-33172
Photo Number
D-33172
File Location
TEXTILES/Samplers/Kentucky
Examined
June Lucas –Gary Albert –Kim May __11/15/2017