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Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)
    Scotland (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1749 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk and wool in double running, tent, Florentine, two-sided cross and rococo stitch, with eyelets

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Lewis F. Day

  • Museum number:

    T.205-1929

  • 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 from 1749 shows the maker experimenting with a flame effect in different patterns, possibly for upholstered seat covers for chairs. Its red and green colouring, the form of the alphabets and the groups of initials indicate that it is probably Scottish.

Physical description

Silk and wool embroidery on linen with cross, crosslet, tent, rococo, Hungarian point, running, and double-running stitches. At the top are four bands of alphabets and two with border patterns and boxers (men with raised arms, offering flowers); below are diapered devices, initials, and the date 1749. The colours are chiefly red and green.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)
Scotland (possibly, made)

Date

1749 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk and wool in double running, tent, Florentine, two-sided cross and rococo stitch, with eyelets

Marks and inscriptions

'WK MB WR EK MK RG IK MR CK 1749'
Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1749

Dimensions

Height: 43.2 cm, Width: 31 cm

Object history note

Registered File no. 9901/1926. "See R.P. 3586/1930 and 8419/1929"

Descriptive line

Linen sampler, embroidered with silk and wool; English or Scottish; dated 1749.

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 thread; Wool yarn

Techniques

Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Men; Alphabets

Categories

Household objects; Textiles; Images Online; Embroidery; Scotland

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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