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Sampler: T.12-1939

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Laysell, Sophia


  • Sampler
  • Category: border sampler
  • Category: band sampler



Border sampler, wool, embroidered with polychrome silks in cross-stitch. a strawberry border frames the main body of the sampler which comprises five horizontal bands. These contain an alphabet, numerals, a border design, an inscription, the name and date 'Sophia Laysell 1833', a symmetrical arrangement of detached motifs, a lion and a unicorn, a debased version of the Royal arms, angels holding a crown and a wreath, flower and fruit baskets, a swan, stars, the Temptation of Adam and eve, and the inscription 'Naked As From The earth We came/ and Crept To Life At first/ We To The Earth return Again/ and Mingle With Jus Dust/ This Sampler Was worked By Sophia Laysell In The Year Of Our Lord 1833. In The Year Of her Age'.

Legal notes

Given by Lady St John Hope

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1939-05-30) by Hope, St John, Lady


19th Century
Production date: AD 1833 : William IV

Materials used in production

polychrome Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Border sampler, wool, embroidered with polychrome silks in cross-stitch

Identification numbers

Accession number: T.12-1939
Primary reference Number: 110876
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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