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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1649 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with linen, with cutwork and drawn thread work

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Admiral Sir Robert and Lady Prendergast

  • 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 is a type known as a band sampler, and its decoration incorporates different types of whitework embroidery and needle lace stitches. 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

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

England (made)


1649 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with linen, with cutwork and drawn thread work

Marks and inscriptions

'S ID 1649 AI'
Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1649


Height: 46.4 cm, Width: 17.1 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler embroidered with linen; English; dated 1649.

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




Embroidery; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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