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Dominic Winter Auctioneers

Children's & Illustrated Books

20 July 2017


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Lot 570

Estimate: £600 - £800
Sold For: £740

A linen sampler by Jane Oxley, 1819,
worked in fine cross-stitch in black thread, with a quotation entitled 'On Charity', named and dated below, one or two small holes (no loss of threads), 21 x 26cm (8.25 x 10.25ins), gilt frame, glazed, remains of old framer's label on backboard
In the style of an Ackworth School sampler. Jane Oxley was born on 24th January 1810 in Norwich, Norfolk, to a propserous Quaker family. Her grandparents, Joseph and Elizabeth Oxley, were travelling preachers, and well known in Quaker circles. The quotation reads: 'Charity, decent, modest, easy, kind,/Softens the high, and rears the abject mind;/Knows with just reins, and gentle hand to guide/Betwixt vile shame, and arbitrary pride./Not soon provoked, she easily forgives,/And much she suffers, as she much believes/Soft peace she brings wherever she arrives:/She builds our quiet as she forms our lives:/ Lays the rough path of peevish nature even:/And opens in each heart a little heaven.'

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