Mary Ann Lancaster's sampler
Mary Ann Lancaster lived in Lower Drayton Place where her father, John Lancaster owned a shop. Her father was also a volunteer fireman and was the only man to be injured when Croydon Parish Church burned down in 1869. He fell from the roof and broke his leg and after that always walked with a limp. Mary Ann was nine when she made this sampler. She died when she was thirteen.The main picture on her sampler is Solomon's temple, surrounded by birds, small animals, flowers and ornamental trees. Above it is the alphabet, twice in capitals and once in lower case and the numbers 1 to 17. Above the temple it says ""A representation of Solomon's Temple"". To the right of this ""My life's a narrow span A short uncertain day and if I reach the age of woman it soon will pass away"" and to the left ""we may as well expect that God will make us rich without industry as good without our constant Endeavours"". Below the temple it says ""Mary Ann Lancaster Aged 9 Years 1827"". Around the edge of the sampler there is an ornamental border.
Height 485 mm, width 495 mm
Silk cross stitch on woollen canvas
LANCASTER, Mary Ann
Work & Play | Arts & Crafts
Museum of Croydon | Area 2 | Kiosk 2
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service