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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    10/12/1742 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wakeling, Mary, born 1732 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, embroidered with silk in cross and satin stitch, with eyelets

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. C. Leggatt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In their earliest form, samplers were put together as personal reference works for embroiderers: trials of patterns and stitches that had been copied from others, records of particular effects achieved that could be recreated again. In England and elsewhere in Europe in the 17th century, they developed into a method of instruction and practice for girls learning needlework. This example shows their usual format in the 18th century. No longer a long narrow piece kept rolled up for reference, it is more square in shape, suitable for displaying like a painting or print. Its moral verses, and the date and maker's name, are typical inclusions by this time.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

England (made)


10/12/1742 (made)


Wakeling, Mary, born 1732 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wool, embroidered with silk in cross and satin stitch, with eyelets

Marks and inscriptions

'Mary Wakeling ended this December the tenth 1742 aged ten years'
Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1742


Height: 30.5 cm, Width: 30.5 cm

Descriptive line

Wool sampler by Mary Wakeling, embroidered with silk; English; dated 1742.

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.


Wool; Silk



Subjects depicted

Flowers; Alphabets


Embroidery; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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