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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    Mexico (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, embroidered with cotton in cross stitch

  • Museum number:

    T.565-1919

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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 has patterns and motifs suitable for decorating household linen.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

Mexico (made)

Date

mid 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, embroidered with cotton in cross stitch

Dimensions

Length: 69.2 cm, Width: 76.2 cm

Descriptive line

Cotton sampler, embroidered with cotton; Mexican; mid 19th 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.

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Deer; Floral patterns; Cat; Cockerel; Donkey

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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