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Sampler

1681 (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. 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. Some band samplers, like this one, combine repeating patterns worked in coloured silks with areas of whitework.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, embroidered with silk in cross, two-sided Italian cross, long-armed cross, satin and detached buttonhole stitch, with eyelets
Brief Description
Linen sampler by Margreet Lucun, embroidered with silk; English; dated 1681
Physical Description
Embroidered sampler
Dimensions
  • Height: 43.2cm
  • Width: 26.7cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Margreet Lucun 1681 being ten year old come july the first' (Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1681)
Credit line
Given by Miss A. L. Dixon
Subjects depicted
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. 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. Some band samplers, like this one, combine repeating patterns worked in coloured silks with areas of whitework.
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
T.214-1911

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record createdNovember 15, 2002
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