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Map of England

Sampler
26/04/1780 (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. By the 18th century girls used samplers to show more than just their needlework skills and religious faith. Geography was used to show both academic and needlework skills. At first, the pupil or her teacher drew the map onto the canvas. This is what happened with this example, which Ann Rhodes completed when she was thirteen years old. The style became so popular that printed satin versions could be purchased ready to embroider.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, embroidered with silk in tent and cross stitch
Brief Description
Linen sampler by Ann Rhodes, embroidered with silk; English; dated 1780.
Physical Description
Embroidered sampler
Dimensions
  • Height: 62.2cm
  • Width: 54.6cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Ann Rhodes April the 26 1780 in the 13th year of her age' (Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1780)
Credit line
Given by Joseph Williamson
Subject depicted
Place 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. By the 18th century girls used samplers to show more than just their needlework skills and religious faith. Geography was used to show both academic and needlework skills. At first, the pupil or her teacher drew the map onto the canvas. This is what happened with this example, which Ann Rhodes completed when she was thirteen years old. The style became so popular that printed satin versions could be purchased ready to embroider.
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
497-1905

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record createdNovember 19, 2002
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