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Sampler: T.126-1938

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unidentified




Sampler worked in polychrome silks containing a wide range of patterns including figures, an alphabet, geometric bands, a wreath and a pierced heart.

Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in double running, cross, long-armed cross, stem, and satin stitch. All the edges of the sampler are hemmed. This almost square sampler is covered in a wide range of patterns, figurative, geometric, and floral, loosely arranged around a central motif of a pierced heart within a wreath. The fourth corner has only small 'spot' motifs. Repeat pattern bands of various scales dominate two sides with 'spot' motifs on a third. The fourth side carries an alphabet, the initials 'EH' and the date '1675' above which is a row of sprigs and vases of flowers, a horse, lion, deer and bird, and one male and one female figure. The central wreath is surrounded by spot motifs, linear in character, mainly worked in double running stitch.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs H.A. Longman

Measurements and weight

Length: 43.75 cm
Length: 17.1/2 in
Width: 42.5 cm
Width: 17.1/8 in

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Production date: AD 1675


The use of a single line of stitching for the spot motifs is a style usually associated with work from German-speaking Europe, whilst the use of the pierced heart symbolising the Christian Sacred Heart usually denotes a Catholic background.

Materials used in production

pink, blue, yellow, green, brown, red Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in double running, cross, long-armed cross, stem, and satin stitch. All the edges of the sampler are hemmed.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: embroidered in polychrome silk thread

  • Text: EH 1675
  • Location: Bottom band of the sampler
  • Method of creation: Embroidery
  • Type: Initials and date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.126-1938
Primary reference Number: 110857
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 April 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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