Embroidered Sampler

Maker: Ruth Rogers (born ca. 1731)

Date: 1739

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Embroidered silk on linen

Dimensions: 18 1/4 x 9 in. (46.4 x 22.9 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Gift of Barbara Schiff Sinauer, 1984

Accession Number: 1984.331.6


This 1739 sampler prominently features the figures of Adam and Eve, modestly clothed in applied crocheted fig leaves. Adam and Eve samplers were particularly popular in the Boston area during the first half of the eighteenth century. Most of these samplers retain the long narrow proportions commonly found in earlier English examples. Certain decorative motifs, such as the rows of hexagonal and triangular embroidery, are found only on samplers made around Boston in this period.