Even young girls could show their patriot fervor. This sampler is in the collections of the National Museum of American History:DESCRIPTION Betsey’s sampler includes three distinguishing features of Rhode Island samplers; trumpeting angels with embroidered faces, queen stitch flowers, and a three-story house. Below the house, flanking flowers and birds is the verse:
“While hof[s]tile foes / our coaf[s]ts Invade / in all the pomp of / war arrayd Americans be not dismayd / nor fear the f[s]word or GUn
While Innocence is / all our pride and virtue is our only Guide / Women would f[s]corn to be defyd if led by WASHINGTON”
This verse on Betsy’s sampler offers a rare opportunity to discover the political thinking of a young girl during the Revolutionary War. She is showing a brave female defiance of Britain and an unwavering faith in George Washington, the commander of the Continental Army. Betsy undoubtedly was influenced by her father who was a privateer during the Revolutionary War. At the bottom of the sampler, flanked by queen stitch flowers, is a cartouche with the inscription:
“Betf[s]y Bucklin Her Work September”
1781” The sampler is stitched with silk embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 25, weft 23/in. The stitches used are cross, crosslet, queen, rice, straight, fly, stem, tent, and gobelin.
Betsy [Elizabeth] Bucklin was born on September 20, 1768, in Providence, Rhode Island to Capt. Daniel and Eliza Carpenter Bucklin. On November 11, 1792, Betsy married Samuel Eddy. They had three children - Martha, Jonathan, and Elizabeth. She died of consumption on October 27, 1799, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Detail of Louis XV’s desk at Versailles.
The colours of the Royal Irish Regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the Connaught Rangers, the Prince of Wales’ Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians), and the Royal Munster Fusiliers in Windsor Castle.
They have been held at Windsor since the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, when the six regiments of the British Army from that part of Ireland which had become independent were disbanded.
Lord George Lennox, Colonel of the 25th Regiment of Foot, c. 1771 by Giuseppe Chisea
ab. 1705 Michael Dahl - Admiral Sir George Rooke
1769 Johann Zoffany - Sir Lawrence Dundas with his Grandson
Portrait of Arnoldus van Rijneveld (detail), Louis Tocqué, ca. 1738
Warburton’s (45th) Regiment’s Camp, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1750.
Countess Skavronskaia by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1796
Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825), Portrait of Elena Aleksandrovna Naryshkina (1799), oil on canvas, 59.6 x 72.8 cm. Collection of Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Via Wikimedia Commons.
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Fort Ticonderoga, NY
Lieutenant George Belson, Corps of Marines, outside the Guard Room of the Marine Barracks, Chatham by Richard Livesay, 1780.
One of my favourite portraits.