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Sampler: T.7-1952

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Production: Philips, Prisca

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Description

Band sampler embroidered with alphabets, an inscription and several detached motifs including a heart, flower vases, a panel containing initials and some animals.

Linen band sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, eyelet, double running, rococo, satin and stem stitch. Three sides are hemmed and there is a selvedge at the top. The pattern is arranged in horizontal bands of inscriptions; the top band contains the verse 'Prisca Philips look well to what yov take in hand for larning is better then house or land when land is gone and money is spent then larning is most excellent', ' Avgust the 7 1700' with interjections of small animals. Beneath this is a band which reads 'IVdeth Hayle was my mistres' and stylized arcaded flowers. The next band contains an alphabet. Below the bands are detached motifs including a heart, two flower vases and a variety of animals, and a panel containing the initials 'PP' and on either side of it the initials 'I' and 'H'.

Legal notes

Lady St John Hope Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 36.25 cm
Width: 14.25 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1952-10-23) by Hope, St John, Lady

Dating

Late 17th Century
Production date: AD 1700 : William and mary

Note

The dominance of lettering is typical for samplers of this period as literacy had become an increasingly important part of the education of young women, and the stitching of name, date, alphabets, and improving verses was seen as a means of instilling basic secular and moral education. The growing importance attached to lettering and literacy inevitably reduced the stitch variety on samplers.

This sampler is part of a group linked by the same name of a 'dame' or 'mistris' . (T.1-1995; T.17-1938, T.83-1928)

Materials used in production

pink, green, blue, yellow, brown Silk
Linen

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen band sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, eyelet, double running, rococo, satin and stem stitch. Three sides are hemmed and there is a selvedge at the top.
Embroidering

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: embroidered in light blue silk thread

  • Text: PP
  • Location: Inside a panel on the lower part of the sampler
  • Method of creation: Embroidery
  • Type: Initials

Inscription present: embroidered in pale pink silk thread

  • Text: IH
  • Location: Either side of the panel in the lower part of the sampler
  • Method of creation: Embroidery
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.7-1952
Primary reference Number: 110906
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 17 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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