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Safety in a Storm

  • Object:

    Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1845 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turffrey, Elizabeth (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, hand embroidered

  • Museum number:

    MISC.84-1969

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 21

Physical description

Sampler of écru linen hand worked in cross stitch and tent stitch, mainly in pale blue and fawn-coloured threads. The sampler shows upper and lower case alphabets, lines of abstract patterns (including zig zag and greek key), spot motifs including hearts, initials, pairs of long-tailed birds and a verse, and contains the maker's name and age and the date.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1845 (made)

Artist/maker

Turffrey, Elizabeth (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Linen, hand embroidered

Marks and inscriptions

SAFETY IN A STORM
They need not dread the stormy day,/ Nor lightening flashing from the sky;/ Who walk in Wisdom's pleasant way,/ And always are prepared to die:/ I know no other way to hear/ The thunder roll without a fear./ Elizabeth Turffrey October 1845 Aged 12 Years.

Dimensions

Height: 39 cm, Width: 42 cm

Object history note

Elizabeth Turffrey was the paternal grandmother of the donor (RF 69/3828) and the sampler was probably worked in Bethnal Green

Descriptive line

Sampler with verse 'Safety in a Storm' worked by Elizabeth Turffrey aged 12, made in the UK 1845

Production Note

Reason For Production: Private

Materials

Linen

Techniques

Hand embroidery

Subjects depicted

Storms; Safety; Fear

Categories

Children & Childhood; Made by children; Embroidery

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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