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Curtis – This unusual Sampler, within its period birds eye maple frame, was sewn by Mary Ann Curtis in 1841. She used a single weave canvas as the ground for her wool-work embroidery in a variation of Oblique Gobelin stitch to create attractive floral borders in the ‘Berlin’ style, with the inclusion at the top, of an exotic bird (its beak defined in Petit Point), and at the centre bottom, a Chapel on a hillside, surrounded by trees, and a girl in a red skirt walking towards the Cross in the foreground. The rhyme, sewn in extremely fine Cross stitch is entitled ‘The Sampler’.