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Sampler: T.107-1938

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Band sampler worked in polychrome silks depicting alphabets animals (lion, duck, eagle) some spot motifs, the Crucifixion and the Instruments of the Passion.

Linen band sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross-stitch with a few backstitches. All the edges are hemmed. The sampler is divided into horizontal bands, the lower half taken up almost exclusively by alphabets, in addition to some geometric pattern repeats and a double flower vine. The top three bands contain pictorial motifs. The first band depicts a lion, a two-headed eagle, a duck, a Pelican in her piety, a squirrel and a parrot. The second band is worked in detached motifs, including flowerpots, a lantern and baskets arranged around a central motif of two female figures flanking either side of a well. The third and widest of the bands depicts Jesus on the Cross with detached motifs of the Instruments of Passion, the sun, the moon stars and flowers sprigs surrounding the central motif. The top of the cross bears the inscription 'Jesus'.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs H.A. Longman

Measurements and weight

Length: 49.75 cm
Length: 20 in
Width: 26 cm
Width: 10.1/4 in

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late#
Circa 1775 CE - Circa 1801 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

yellow, green, blue, brown, pink, red, orange Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen band sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross-stitch with a few backstitches. All the edges are hemmed.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: embroidered in orange silk thread

  • Text: Jesus
  • Location: The top of the Cross
  • Method of creation: Embroidery
  • Type: Name

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.107-1938
Primary reference Number: 110838
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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