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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1871 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clements, Jemima, born 1859 (embroiderer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered in silks on wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss M. C. Sparrow, from the collection of Miss Marjory Bine Renshaw

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The earliest samplers were reference works for embroiderers. They showed 'samples' of patterns and stitches and recorded how to achieve particular effects. In Europe in the 17th century samplers provided instruction and practice for girls learning needlework. Making a sampler was part of a girl's school education throughout the 18th century and into the early 1800s. By this time embroidered samplers were very often a simple and undemanding exercise. This sampler is well made but otherwise typical. The needleworker probably copied the decoration from pattern books.

Physical description

Sampler of embroidered woollen canvas with coloured silks in cross and satin stitches. At the top is a pious verse between two wolves with three fleurs de lys below. Below is a stag with trees, ships and pears symmetrically arranged on either side. Below this is a vase of carnations in the centre, with a jug, insect, vase of flowers, heart and crown on either side. At the bottom is the inscription 'Jemima Clements / Aged 12 Years / 1871' with a rabbit on either side. Wavy border of bunches of grapes.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1871 (made)


Clements, Jemima, born 1859 (embroiderer)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered in silks on wool

Marks and inscriptions

Give me thy heart the Saviour cries
O may we hear his voice
In these early days be wise
And make a heavenly choise

Jemima Clements
Aged 12 years


Width: 13.125 in, Length: 16 in

Descriptive line

Sampler of embroidered woollen canvas with coloured silks, embroidered by Jemima Clements, England, 1871


Wool; Silk thread



Subjects depicted

Plants; Pears; Fleur-de-lis; Ships; Hearts; Wolf; Stag; Flowers; Jug


Textiles; Embroidery; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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