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Sampler: T.51-1938

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Maker(s)

Gellet, Susanna (Maker)

Description

Sampler, wool, embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, satin, counted satin and stem stitch. A narrow free-style floral border surrounds the sampler, which is divided into six horizontal sections by repeating geometric and floral border patterns and which features a wide pictorial lower section with a red brick house, an inscribed panel and five verses.

Woollen bordered sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, satin, counted satin and stem stitch. There is a double blue line selvedge at both sides and the top and bottom are hemmed with blue silk. A narrow free-style floral border surrounds the sampler, which is divided into six horizontal sections by repeating geometric and floral border patterns. There is a wide pictorial lower section with a red brick house, steps and a lawn, flanked by trees, birds, flowerpots, a woman on the left and a man with a dog on the right. Centrally placed at the top, is an angel with a trumpet; lower centre a flower basket and below a leafy panel inscribed ' Susanna Gellet/May the 7/1800 flanked by flower baskets. Of the five embroidered verses one is placed centrally with detached floral motifs either side, the others symmetrically to the left and right. They read 'The Holy feast of Easter was injoind. / to bring Chrst's Resurrection to our mind./ rise then from Sin as he did from the Grave./ that by his Merrits he your Souls may save./', 'The Desire/ From my Beginning may the Almight Power./ Blessings bestow in never-ceasing Shower./ Oh! may I happy be and always blest!/ Of evr'y Joy, of evr'y Wish possess'd! / May Plenty dissipate all Worldly Care/ And smiling Peace bless my revolving Years.' 'Advice/ Learn to contemn all Praise betimes For flattery is the Nurse of Crimes With early Virtue plant they Breast/ the specious Arts of Vice detest', 'Virtue/ Virtue's the chiefest Beauty of the Mind/ The noblest Ornament of Human kind/Virtue's our Safeguard and our guiding star/ That stirs up Reason when our Senes err.', 'On Death/ Death at a Distance we but slightly fear. He brings his Terrors as he draws more near:/ Through Poverty, Pain, Slav'ry, we drudge/on, / The worst of Beings better please than none:/ No Price too dear to purchase Life and/ Breath, / The heaviest Burthen's easier borne than Death'.

Legal notes

Mrs H.A. Longman Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 44 cm
Length: 17.1/4 in
Width: 32.5 cm
Width: 12.3/4 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938) by Longman, H. A., Mrs

Dating

18th century
Production date: AD 1800 : George III

Materials used in production

ground Wool polychrome Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Woollen border sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, satin, counted satin and stem stitch. There is a double blue line selvedge at both sides and the top and bottom are hemmed with blue silk.
Embroidering

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.51-1938
Primary reference Number: 110782
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Audit data

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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