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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    mid 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered linen with silks

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Misses Alexander through Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In their earliest form, samplers were put together as personal reference works for embroiderers. They were trials of patterns and stitches that had been copied from others, and records of particular effects achieved that could be recreated again. This example, with scattered individual motifs, is a spot sampler. It includes a typical range of motifs, with areas of repeating pattern, some suitable for the decoration of linen or costume accessories, such as purses.

Physical description

Sampler of embroidered linen with silks. Loose-mesh linen embroidered in patches in red, green, yellow, brown, blue, pink and cream in back, plaited, gobelin, Hungarian, rococo and cross stitches. Scattered geometric patterns and a few ground flower designs. With pulled thread work and eyelets.

Place of Origin

England (made)


mid 17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered linen with silks


Height: 52.7 cm, Width: 16.5 cm

Descriptive line

Sampler of embroidered linen with silks, England, mid 17th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Browne, Clare and Jennifer Wearden, eds. Samplers from the Victoria and Albert Museum. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 1851773096.


Linen; Silk



Subjects depicted

Geometric patterns; Flowers


Household objects; Textiles; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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