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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Luchetti, Vittoria (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk in cross stitch

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs L. F. M. Preston

  • Museum number:

    T.24-1916

  • 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. 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. The inscription on this Italian example reads: 'Vittoria Luchetti fece lanno 1855' (Vittoria Luchetti made it in the year 1855).

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

1855 (made)

Artist/maker

Luchetti, Vittoria (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk in cross stitch

Marks and inscriptions

'VITTORIA LUCHETTI FECE LANNO 1855'
Vittoria Luchetti made it in the year 1855
Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1855

Dimensions

Length: 19 cm, Width: 33.7 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler by Vittoria Luchetti, embroidered with silk; Italian; dated 1855.

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

Techniques

Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Patterns; Alphabets

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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