Caroline Hortin, Warwickshire, ENGLAND Sampler 1837
12 year old Caroline Hortin captured fur, fin, and feather in this delightful ENGLISH silk on linen sampler. A charming array of botanicals, birds, and figures.
"It is Jesus first and the last / whose spirit shall guide us safe home / we will praise him for all that is past / and trust him for all that to come - Caroline Hortin Aged 12 1837 - Blessed art the dead which die in the lord / Rev" .
Through the support of Stacy Whittaker, a long time friend and researcher of Glee's, it is believed that this sampler may have been worked by Caroline Hortin, born 1826, in Barford, Warwickshire. "There was a large Hortin clan in that village and most were farmers. Another interesting note is that Barford sits on the river Avon and a quick search of the fishing in the river at Barford brings up some images of large fish very similar to those on the sampler." South Warwickshire was mainly rural, with agriculture being the most important source of employment. People fishing on the river was a common sight.
An 1881 census lists a Caroline Hortin as the head servant / housekeeper at the The Brooklands Tooting Common, Streatham, England.
Unmounted. Loss to ground and edges, with some spotting overall.