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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    1756 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eulogia de la Espada, Isabel, born 18 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk in double running, long-armed cross, satin, straight, stem and chain stitch, with drawn thread work

  • Museum number:

    T.129-1909

  • 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 Spanish sampler is in the style that most needleworkers in Spain used from the late 1600s to the 19th century. It is large and densely worked with geometric patterns and lifelike decoration in a variety of stitches.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

Spain (made)

Date

1756 (made)

Artist/maker

Eulogia de la Espada, Isabel, born 18 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk in double running, long-armed cross, satin, straight, stem and chain stitch, with drawn thread work

Marks and inscriptions

'Dona Isabel Evlogia de la Espada Loacavo ano de 1756'
Doña Isabel Evlogia de la Espada finished it in the year 1756
Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1756

Dimensions

Height: 73.7 cm, Width: 69.8 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler by Isabel Eulogia, embroidered with silk; Spanish; dated 1756.

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; Wool yarn; Metal thread

Techniques

Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Angels; Geometric patterns

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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