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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bailey, Jane (embroiderer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered woollen canvas with coloured silks, backed with crêpe

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Sampler of embroidered woollen canvas with coloured silks in cross stitch, tent stitch and Algerian eye stitch. At the top is a row of flower and tree motifs with a verse about woman's virtues. The rest of the sampler is filled with numerous motifs of different sizes arranged around the Tree of Knowledge, with Adam and Eve and the Serpent. Inscribed at the bottom with 'Jane Bailey her work, January 27th, 1830'. Continuous border all round of pink flowers and buds united by a wavy dark green line. Backed with yellow crêpe.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1830 (made)


Bailey, Jane (embroiderer)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered woollen canvas with coloured silks, backed with crêpe

Marks and inscriptions

Seek to be good but aim not to be great,
A womans noble station is retreat,
Her fairest virtues fly from public sight,
Domestic worth still shuns too strong a light.

Jane Bailey her work / January 27th. 1830.


Width: 12.5 in, Length: 14.625 in

Descriptive line

Sampler of embroidered woollen canvas with coloured silks, embroidered by Jane Bailey, England, 1830


Canvas; Silk; Crepe

Subjects depicted

Peacocks; Crowns; Buildings; Tree; Fruit; Serpents; Apples; Dogs; Birds; Baskets; Vases; Angels; Flowers; Butterflies


Textiles; Interiors; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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