Sampler, Map Sampler by Eve Resler

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  • Maker: Eve Resler
  • Alexandria, District of Columbia
  • 1800-1804
  • Silk embroidery threads, ink, and paint on silk with linen tape
  • Purchased with partial gift funds from Christy Bennett, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Isaac, and Jeannine's Sampler Seminar
  • 2006-26

A tour de force of American iconography, Eve Resler's embroidered and painted map entitled "Plan of the City of Washington" is among the most ambitious of Federal America. In addition to a detailed map of the city of Washington worked in meticulous backstitches, it features the allegorical figures of "Hope," "La Liberty," and "Justice" at the top. In the bottom left corner is an embroidered and painted portrait bust of George Washington with a tribute to the general and first president.

Eve Resler was probably the daughter of Mary and Jacob Resler, a candle maker in Alexandria. She created the map sampler sometime between the death of George Washington on December 14, 1799, and her marriage to Alexandria silversmith James Galt on April 28, 1804.

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