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Maker:

Reader, Mary; maker

Category:

embroidery

Name:

sampler

Other Name:

border sampler; category

Date:

1826
George iV

Period:

19th century

Description(s):

Border sampler, wool, embroidered with polychrome silks in cross and satin stitch. A repeating floral border pattern surrounds the main body of the sampler, which includes two alphabets, two sets of numerals, detached motifs, a verse and an inscription.
Woollen border sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross and satin stitch. There is a double blue line selvedge on both sides, the top is hemmed and the bottom was hemmed but is damaged. A repeating floral border pattern surrounds the main body of the sampler. Horizontal sections are made by two geometric and three floral repeating border patterns. The top section contains two alphabets with each letter worked twice and numerals 1-10 and 1-20. A verse flanked by flowerpots reads 'Great God in mercy condescends/thro life to be my Guardian friend/And When my spirit leaves its clay/ to raise it to eternal day'. The rest of the sampler is filled by a balanced arrangement of detached trees, flowering trees, fruit baskets, dogs, birds, and crowns around a centrally placed flowerpot. At the bottom an acorn border pattern encloses the inscription 'Mary Reader/Aged 12 Years 1826'.

Production
Place (legacy):

England, production, country
English, nationality

Technique(s):

weaving; whole
embroidering; whole; cross and satin stitch

Material(s):

wool; whole; ground
silk; whole; polychrome

Technique
Description:

Woollen border sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross and satin stitch. There is a double blue line selvedge on both sides, the top is hemmed and the bottom was hemmed but is damaged.

Dimension(s):

length, 39.75, cm
width, 33.5, cm
length, 15.1/4, in
width, 12.3/4, in

Acquisition:

given; 1943; Cole, Sarah, Miss

Acquisition Credit:

Given by Miss Sarah Cole

Exhibition(s):

English Samplers at the Fitzwilliam. 1984-07-10 - 1984-09-14
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: Octagon Gallery

Documentation:

Humphrey, Carol. 1984. English Samplers at the Fitzwilliam.Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museump. 37
Publ. No. 85

Accession:

Object Number: T.6-1943
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 110889; input: 2004-11-05; modified: 2013-06-03)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/110889