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Sampler

15/10/1840 (completed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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. Making a sampler was part of a girl's school education throughout the 18th century and into the early 1800s. By this time embroidered samplers were very often a simple and undemanding exercise. This example from 1840 was made in the West African country of Sierra Leone, then a British colony. It shows how combined lessons in needlework and moral instruction still played a part in British education overseas.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wool, embroidered with silk in cross stitch
Brief Description
Wool sampler by Lucy Grant, embroidered with silk; Sierra Leone; dated 1840.
Physical Description
Embroidered sampler
Dimensions
  • Length: 33.7cm
  • Width: 24cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Lucy Grant / Regent Town / Sierra Leone / October 15 1840' (Decoration; embroidering; silk; 15/10/1840)
Credit line
Given by William Barratt
Subjects depicted
Summary
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. Making a sampler was part of a girl's school education throughout the 18th century and into the early 1800s. By this time embroidered samplers were very often a simple and undemanding exercise. This example from 1840 was made in the West African country of Sierra Leone, then a British colony. It shows how combined lessons in needlework and moral instruction still played a part in British education overseas.
Bibliographic Reference
Browne, Clare and Jennifer Wearden, eds. Samplers from the Victoria and Albert Museum. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 1851773096.
Collection
Accession Number
T.54-1934

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record createdNovember 21, 2002
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