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Sampler: T.20-1938

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Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Maker: Wilkinson, Susanna

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Description

Mixed band sampler worked in polychrome silks depicting alphabets and numerals, stylized flowers, coronets and an inserted panel of needle lace with a male and female figure.

Linen mixed band sampler made up of four joined pieces embroidered with polychrome silks in satin, eyelet, cross and double running stitch. Linen thread is worked in buttonhole and hem stitch and cut and drawn work with needle lace filling stitches and hollie point. All edges of the sampler are hemmed. The upper section is made up of a conventional arrangement of bands of simple repeat patterns, alphabets, numerals and the inscription 'SVSANNA WILKINSON 1699'. All are worked in a light and limited palette of colours. A complete band of cutwork is worked just above the joints of the lower section, which comprises two narrow vertical strips of linen to either side and one along the bottom, forming a frame for the panel of needle lace and hollie point. The figurative panel of a male and female is not totally dependent on a cutwork grid; part is worked as freely made needle lace (punto in aria) and then inserted into the sampler. The two figures are divided by a band of hollie point inscribed '17 SW 00'. Numerals and coronets fill the final two bands of the sampler with a small repeat pattern worked vertically either side of the pictorial panel.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs H.A. Longman

Measurements and weight

Length: 32.25 cm
Length: 1"0.3/4 ft
Width: 19.25 cm
Width: 6.3/4 in

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

17th Century, Late#
1699 CE - 1700 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

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

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen mixed band sampler made up of four joined pieces embroidered with polychrome silks in satin, eyelet, cross and double running stitch. Linen thread is worked in buttonhole and hem stitch and cut and drawn work with needle lace filling stitches and hollie point. All edges of the sampler are hemmed.
Embroidering
Cutwork

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: embroidered in polychrome silks

  • Text: SVSANNA WILKINSON 1699
  • Location: Horizontal band on top half of the sampler
  • Method of creation: Embroidery
  • Type: Name and date

Inscription present: vertical band of needle lace positioned between the male and female figure

  • Text: 17 SW 00
  • Location: Lower part of the sampler
  • Method of creation: Needle lace (punto in aria)
  • Type: Initials and date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.20-1938
Primary reference Number: 110751
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 July 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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