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Sampler: T.1-2000

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Williamson, Sarah




Sampler, wool, embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, satin, stem, tent and long filling stitches. A simple honeysuckle meandering border with similar floral bouquets in each corner frames the main body of the sampler which is divided into three sections. The top section is arranged around a central tree with two flowering plants. On one side of the tree a standing male figure, a female figure standing on a hillock and a standing girl are worked. On the other two standing boys with between tem a young seated female holding a bird are worked. The central section comprises a swagged inscribed panel with a flowerpot and a butterfly to either side. The inscription reads ' Next unto God dear parent I address/Myself to you in humble thankfulnes/ For all your Care and Charge on me bestowed /The means of learning unto me allowed/ Go on I pray and let me Still pursue/ Those golden Arts the Vulgar never knew'. The lower section features a central motif of a house and garden with a seated female and a standing male figure on either side. Beneath this design a small panel is inscribed 'Sarah Williamson in the/ 10th Year of her Age 1795'.


History note: Worked by the donor’s great great grandmother, of Ely, Cambridgeshire. Probably wife of Edward Peck of Enton Socon

Legal notes

Given by Miss J.D.W. Eames

Measurements and weight

Length: 43 cm
Length: 16.7/8 in
Width: 31.2 cm
Width: 12.1/8 in

Place(s) associated

  • Ely ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2000-03-06) by Eames, J. D. W., Miss


18th Century
Production date: AD 1795 : George III

Materials used in production

polychrome Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Sampler, wool, embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, satin, stem, tent and long filling stitches

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.1-2000
Primary reference Number: 110940
Entry form: 126
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 8 February 2024 Last processed: Thursday 8 February 2024

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

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