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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1752 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cridland, Elizabeth, born 18 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, embroidered with silk in cross and tent stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Edmands

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The earliest samplers were reference works for embroiderers. They showed 'samples' of patterns and stitches and recorded how to achieve particular effects. In Europe in the 17th century samplers provided instruction and practice for girls learning needlework. This example from 1752 has features that were typical of samplers made at this time. These include its shape and size, and the combination of religious verse (in this case the Lord's Prayer) with stylized flowers, birds and animals. The girl who made it has also included a windmill and dovecot. These may have been features from her local landscape.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

England (made)


1752 (made)


Cridland, Elizabeth, born 18 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wool, embroidered with silk in cross and tent stitch

Marks and inscriptions

'Elizabeth Cridland 1752'
Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1752


Height: 33.7 cm, Width: 24.7 cm

Descriptive line

Wool sampler by Elizabeth Cridland, embroidered with silk; English; dated 1752.

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

Houses; Floral patterns; Birds; Trees


Embroidery; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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