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Sampler: T.75-1938

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Cotton, Lydia F




Bordered sampler, linen, embroidered with polychrome silks in cross, eyelet hole and satin stitch. The sampler is bordered by a narrow band of satin stitch; within this sits another border with a chevron design. The central part of the sampler is divided into six horizontal sections, which include alphabets, Roman numerals, the inscriptions: 'Persevere. Be not weary in well doing', ' youth in society are the flowers/Blown in their native bed: 'tis these alone/Their faculties expanded in full bloom/Shine out there only reach their proper use', (inside a wreath) 'Wrought b Lydia J Cotton, aged 9 years, Augst 27 1819'and 'Love learning and improve'. Floral sprays fill the corner spaces.


History note: Sent to the donor by Mrs Warren from Massachusetts

Legal notes

Mrs H.A. Longman Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 16¼ in
Width: 14¼ in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938) by Longman, H. A., Mrs


19th Century, Early#
Production date: AD 1819

Materials used in production

loosely woven, deep cream Cotton
polychrome Silk

Techniques used in production

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

Identification numbers

Accession number: T.75-1938
Primary reference Number: 110806
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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