Laura Hyde (American, 17871857?)
Silk and metallic thread on linen; 13 1/4 x 13 in. (33.66 x 33.02 cm)
Inscribed: Laura Hyde / her sampler / AE / 13 June 27 1800 / India within / the Ganges / The outkast of the Kays Harem / the British Embas / sadors Lady ac / companied by a Grecian lady visits / the Kays Lady at the / Harem / Bay of Bengal
Rogers Fund, 1944 (44.113)
This is one of three similar samplers (the other two are in private collections) that can be traced to girls who lived in the Franklin/Norwich area of Connecticut. Illustrated with exotic scenes of faraway lands, they are some of the most unusual samplers stitched by early nineteenth-century schoolgirls. Laura Hyde embroidered her sampler with images of India that she probably copied from a history or geography text.