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Pictorial sampler: T.91-1938

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Description

Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks and silver metal thread in tent, cross, stem, and eyelet stitch. Both sides have a selvedge and both the top and bottom edges are turned under and hem stitched. All sides are trimmed with a blue silk ribbon. The central motif depicts a large floral wreath which contains a set of initials 'HS, IP, PIN, KSCD' and the date 1760. Arranged around the wreath are five female figures which symbolise the inscribed virtues of 'La Diligence', 'La Constance', 'L'Abondence', 'La bonne Renommee' and 'La Bonne Conscience', all holding wreaths containing initials. The wide border contains further initials, alphabets, numerals and coronets.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs H.A. Longman

Measurements and weight

Length: 26.5 cm
Length: 9.1/2 in
Width: 38 cm
Width: 14 in

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

18th century
Production date: AD 1760

Materials used in production

embroidery Silk ground Linen ribbon Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks and silver metal thread in tent, cross, stem, and eyelet stitch. Both sides have a selvedge and both the top and bottom edges are turned under and hem stitched. All sides are trimmed with a blue silk ribbon.
Weaving Embroidering

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: embroidered in red and pink silk thread

  • Text: 'HS, IP, PIN, KSCD' '1760'
  • Location: Inside the floral wreath
  • Method of creation: Embroidery
  • Type: Initials and date

Inscription present: embroidered in light blue silk thread

  • Text: 'La Diligence', 'La Constance', 'L'Abondance', 'La bonne Renommee', 'La Bonne Conscience'
  • Location: Underneath the female figures
  • Method of creation: Embroidery
  • Type: Symbolic names

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.91-1938
Primary reference Number: 110822
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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