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Sampler: T.163-1928

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Merriman, Ann




Bordered sampler, canvas, embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, satin, eyelet hole and tent stitch. A floral border frames the main body of the sampler which comprises three horizontal sections separated by repeat border patterns. The top section contains an inscription, a flowering plant and a fruit tree. Section two also includes an inscription, meadows with trees and sheep. The third section includes the name, date and inscription 'Ann Merriman/her work in her/9th year/ 1785' inside a heart, a bird on a spray, a church inside a churchyard with trees, a house and garden and some birds in flight. The inscription reads ' Let me be Wise in youth O lord that So/ I safe may tread the way I ought to go/Lead me, and learn me, what is right and just/And in thy help (O G)od, to place my trust/ A wiSe man's Head excels a Strong man's Hands/WiSdom diSpoles Fields, and orders Lands/From wild tumultuous Rage she guards a Realm/And Ships go Safe when WiSdom guides the Helm'.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 43.7 cm
Length: 17.1/4 in
Width: 33.3 cm
Width: 13.1/8 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th century
Production date: AD 1785 : George III

Materials used in production

polychrome Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Border sampler, canvas, embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, satin, eyelet hole and tent stitch.

Identification numbers

Accession number: T.163-1928
Primary reference Number: 110709
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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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