I'm the Artist in Residence for the National Trust at Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough and I'm trying to track down an Elizabeth Pearson. She was born approx 1826 as she created an Embroidery Sampler in 1834 in the 9th year of her life (when she was 8 years old).
I'm basing one of the art installations around the sampler and we would really love to discover who Elizabeth was, what her connection is to Ormesby Hall and the Pennyman family and how it came into the possession of the Hall.
At this period in time, the owner was James White Worsley (who added the name Pennyman on inheriting the Hall). He lived in Hutton Bonville prior to inheriting the Hall and we're not sure if he might have acquired the sampler prior to the move. Apologies that this is a bit vague but this is all we have to work from.
We can supply an image of the sampler which contains two stags and an image of a country home (not sure if relevant), if required. We've tried to conduct some research but thought it might be best to contact Pearson experts to shed some light on the story behind the little girl who made this work.
It would be great to hear back from you. I can be contacted on my own email address: firstname.lastname@example.org