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Sampler

ca. 1836-1840 (made)
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 is unusual. It contains details of a family who have a different name to the maker. She may have made it as a commission or a present.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Cotton, embroidered with silk in cross stitch
Brief description
Cotton sampler by S Stearn, embroidered with silk; English; ca. 1836-40.
Physical description
cotton ground embroidered with red, green, yellow and brown silks, showing musical instruments, birds and flowers. The inscription shows information about the family of the embroiderer
Dimensions
  • Height: 31.1cm
  • Width: 22.9cm
Marks and inscriptions
  • 'Thomas Markham / Son of / William & Mary / Markham / maried in the year / 1826 to / Elizabeth Boldero / Daughter of / Simon & Elizabeth / Boldero' (Decoration; embroidering; silk; ca. 1836-1840)
  • Their children / rotation of birth
  • Thomas Markham Born Septr 23rd 1826
  • Susan S. Markham Born Novr 27th 1827
  • Sarah E Markham Born Janry 15th 1829
  • Mary Ann Markham Born June 13th 1830
  • Caroline Markham Born Janry 18th 1832
  • Thomas Markham Born June 14th 1833
  • Charles H Markhan Born Septr 26th 1834
  • Elizabeth Markham Born May 12th 1836
  • Thomas Markham Died Octbr 22nd 1826
  • Mary Ann Markham Died Novr 20th 1833
  • Transliteration
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Credit line
Given by Lady Mary St John Hope
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 is unusual. It contains details of a family who have a different name to the maker. She may have made it as a commission or a present.
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.94-1939

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Record createdNovember 21, 2002
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