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Sampler

1600-1650 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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 is a type known as a band sampler. There are at least two very similar samplers known in other collections, and this may be an early example of a particular school or teacher's influence. With the composition of band samplers comes the first clear indication in England of the form being used as a method of instruction and practice for girls learning needlework.


object details
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Sampler
  • Sampler
Materials and Techniques
Linen, embroidered with silk in double running, two-sided Italian cross and padded Romanian detached buttonhole stitch
Brief Description
Linen sampler embroidered with silk; English; first half of the 17th century.
Physical Description
Linen sampler embroidered with silk made up of two parts joined together.
Dimensions
  • Height: 93.9cm
  • Width: 20.3cm
Summary
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 is a type known as a band sampler. There are at least two very similar samplers known in other collections, and this may be an early example of a particular school or teacher's influence. With the composition of band samplers comes the first clear indication in England of the form being used as a method of instruction and practice for girls learning needlework.
Bibliographic Reference
Browne, Clare and Jennifer Wearden, eds. Samplers from the Victoria and Albert Museum. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 1851773096.
Collection
Accession Number
516&A-1877

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record createdNovember 14, 2002
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