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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk in satin, two-sided Italian cross and detached buttonhole stitch, with eyelets

  • Museum number:

    480-1894

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

During the 17th century in England, samplers developed from personal reference works for embroiderers, containing trials of patterns and stitches, to methods of instruction and practice for girls learning needlework. The introduction of moral verses into their decoration is another indication of their role as part of a girl's education. The anonymous worker of this sampler, who would almost certainly have been a child aged about eight or nine, relates that she must 'bow and bend unto another's will that I might learn both art and skill to get my living with my hands'. While many of the girls who embroidered these samplers would not have expected to have to work for their living, the needlework skills they were learning would still be important skills in the future management of their households and the personal adornment of their families and themselves.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1650-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk in satin, two-sided Italian cross and detached buttonhole stitch, with eyelets

Dimensions

Height: 68.6 cm, Width: 19.7 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler embroidered with silk; English; second half of the 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

Alphabets; Flowers

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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