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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1674 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Godden, Elizabeth (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered in coloured silks, metal thread and glass beads on linen ground

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John A.D.Freeman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Samplers like this were exercises in embroidery stitches and techniques, which had become well established as part of a girl's education by the middle of the 17th century. Typically in this long thin form, they were filled with rows of repeating patterns worked in coloured silks, sometimes interspersed with figures or floral motifs. Their makers sometimes signed and dated them, as Elizabeth Godden has done here. She has also chosen to mention her parents, as a sign of filial respect.

Although much of the decoration on this sampler is typical of the period, with its bands of geometrical decoration and animals, insects and flowers, the depiction of the King and Queen with royal children, and the finely dressed gentleman and lady, is sophisticated, particularly in the use of metal thread and glass beads.

Physical description

Band sampler embroidered in coloured silks and metal thread on a linen ground, with some coloured glass beads also incorporated. Selvedges at top and bottom, the sides hemmed.
Bands of decoration, from the top : Alphabet, followed by inscription;bands of geometric decoration; row of creatures, including deer, dogs and ?lions with crowns of silver thread and beads; the King and Queen with three children, their clothing decorated in metal thread and beads; butterflies and peacocks; lady with pageboy holding her train, and gentleman, elaborately dressed including wig and ringlets, lace collars and cuffs; insects and flowers; huntsman with horn, dog and deer.

The sampler is faded on the front, colours fresh on the back.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1674 (made)


Godden, Elizabeth (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered in coloured silks, metal thread and glass beads on linen ground

Marks and inscriptions

Elizabeth Godden the daughter of Thomas Godden and Mary Godden June the 11 day 1674


Length: 87 cm, Width: 21.5 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Sampler, signed Elizabeth Godden and dated 1674, English


Linen; Silks




Embroidery; Children & Childhood


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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