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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    mid 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk in double running stitch

  • Museum number:

    739-1899

  • 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 is a type known as a band sampler. 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.

Physical description

Linen embroidered with red and blue silk in alternating bands, showing patterns of various flowers and the alphabet.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

mid 17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk in double running stitch

Marks and inscriptions

'AB'
Decoration; embroidering; silk

'A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T V W X Y Z'
Bottom band, embroidered in red.

Dimensions

Height: 86.4 cm, Width: 15.2 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler embroidered with silk; English; 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.

Materials

Linen; Silk

Techniques

Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Household objects; Textiles; Embroidery

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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