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Object Name Sampler
Date 1840
Title [Sampler made by Betsy Hudson]
Description Pictorial sampler. Embroidered with silk thread on linen ground. Central motif of Adam and Eve with an apple tree, serpent, and two angels. Other motifs are floral bouquets and birds. Verse below: "The rose is red the grass is green / The days all past Which I have seen / My handy work my friends may have / When I am dead and in my grave". Inscription alongside verse: "Betsy Hudson Finished 1840".
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Mary Elizabeth Turnbull
Ownership and History Betsy Hudson was born in England, where she finished this sampler at about age 18. The design has an orderly, symmetrical appearance which contrasts with the typical American sampler.

The embroidery is very finely done in cross, stem, Queen's, and satin stitches. The verse, although sentimental, reflects awareness and acceptance of death.

Betsy Hudson married George Crabtree sometime during the 1840s. The couple came to Staten Island in 1848, shortly after the birth of the first of their four children. Mrs. Crabtree was widowed and living in New Brighton at the time of her death in 1897.

This sampler was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1988 by Betsy (Hudson) Crabtree's great-granddaughter.

Earliest Date 1840
Latest Date 1840
Maker Hudson, Betsy
Subjects Needlework
Embroidery
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Associated People Hudson, Betsy
Catalog Number 88.013.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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