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Sampler: T.9-1952

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Production: Rawlins, Elizabeth

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Bordered sampler worked in polychrome silks containing alphabets, numerals, verses, the Lord's Prayer, and some small bird and flower motifs.

Wool bordered sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in satin, cross, marking cross, eyelet, stem, split and chain stitch. Two edges are hemmed and there is a selvedge with double blue lines at the top and bottom. The sampler is almost square and is framed by a densely worked border of a highly stylized flower-head and leaf pattern. The main pattern is organised in horizontal bands of mostly worked inscriptions and a few pictorial patterns of small stylized flowers and birds. From top to bottom the inscriptions consist of three alphabets, the verse 'Content is the chiefest treasure of the mind and happy those so sure a blessing find it is that gives reail worth to all we have without content mankind is a general slave', followed by the Lord's Prayer, and the verse 'Fancy thou busy offspring of the mind thou roving rainging rambler unconfined restless thy self wont let poor me alone thou something nothing anything in one'. The bottom band contains 'Elizabeth Rawlins her work finished May ye 22 1735'.

Legal notes

Lady St John Hope Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 30 cm
Width: 27 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

18th century
Production date: AD 1735

Materials used in production

blue, green, yellow, pink, white Silk
Wool

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Wool bordered sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in satin, cross, marking cross, eyelet, stem, split and chain stitch. Two edges are hemmed and there is a selvedge with double blue lines at the top and bottom.
Embroidering

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.9-1952
Primary reference Number: 110908
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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