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Sampler: T.28-1938

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Linen band sampler embroidered with cream silk and linen thread in satin and backstitch with needlepoint lace filling stitches and hollie point. All the edges are hemmed. There is a narrow repeating geometric border pattern which goes all around the sampler with four similar patterns worked in horizontal bands between five bands of cut-work. Each of the three wide and two narrow bands of cut-work is composed of detached squares or rounds filled with geometric and floral motifs, crowns, hearts and brief inscriptions in holliepoint or needle pointlace filling stitches. The inscribed initials are:'W', 'I' and 'M' in the fourth square at the top and in the centre square of the middle row 'P W 1726'.


History note: Bought from an exhibition of The Fine Art Sciety 1900

Legal notes

Mrs H.A. Longman Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 21.75 cm
Width: 22.25 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed by Longman, H. A., Mrs


18th century
Production date: AD/CE 1726 : George II

Materials used in production

cream Silk Linen

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen band sampler embroidered with cream silk and linen thread in satin and backstitch with needlepoint lace filling stitches and hollie point. All the edges are hemmed.
Needlepoint (lace) Embroidering Holliepoint

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: holliepoint

  • Text: P W 1726
  • Location: Middle of the sampler
  • Initials and date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.28-1938
Primary reference Number: 110759
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 July 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 20 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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