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Sampler

1860 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In their earliest form, samplers were put together by embroiderers as personal reference works. They showed trials of patterns and stitches that had been copied from other embroideries. They were records of particular effects achieved that could be re-created again. In England and elsewhere in Europe in the 17th century they developed into a method of instruction and practice for girls learning needlework. In the 18th century and into the 19th century sampler-making was part of a girl’s school education. This Mexican example from 1860 is worked in the tradition of Spanish samplers, with its areas of geometric patterning.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered linen with silk and cotton
Brief Description
Sampler of embroidered linen with silk and cotton, made by Rosa Maria Vasconcelos, Mexico, dated 1860.
Physical Description
Sampler of embroidered linen with silk and cotton in cross, satin and Florentine stitches and with drawn thread work. In the centre is a square of drawn work containing a stag with a branch in its mouth. Beneath is the inscription LO HISO ROSA MARI / A VASCONCELDS AGOS / TO 23 DE 1860. Around are panels of drawn work and embroidery with geometrical and floral designs, and borders of floral designs and borders of foliage.
Dimensions
  • Length: 40cm
  • Width: 38.1cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Lo hiso Rosa Mari / a Vasconcelos Agos / to 23 de 1860' (Embroidered in silk)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Alfred Percival Maudslay, Esq.
Subjects depicted
Summary
In their earliest form, samplers were put together by embroiderers as personal reference works. They showed trials of patterns and stitches that had been copied from other embroideries. They were records of particular effects achieved that could be re-created again. In England and elsewhere in Europe in the 17th century they developed into a method of instruction and practice for girls learning needlework. In the 18th century and into the 19th century sampler-making was part of a girl’s school education. This Mexican example from 1860 is worked in the tradition of Spanish samplers, with its areas of geometric patterning.
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.54-1931

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record createdNovember 25, 2002
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