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Sampler - The World

The World

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, embroidered with silk in running, outline, split, stem, satin and long and short stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs I. M. C. Robinson

  • 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. By the 18th century girls used samplers to show more than just their needlework skills and religious faith. Geography was used to show both academic and needlework skills. At first, the pupil or her teacher drew the map onto the canvas. The style became so popular that women could buy printed satin versions that were ready to embroider, like this one.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

England (made)


late 18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, embroidered with silk in running, outline, split, stem, satin and long and short stitch


Height: 45 cm, Width: 64 cm

Descriptive line

Silk sampler depicting a World map, embroidered with silk; English; late 18th 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.


Silk; Silk (fiber)



Subjects depicted

World map


Embroidery; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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