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Sampler: T.13-1939

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Calton, Ann




Border sampler, wool, embroidered with polychrome silks in cross and satin stitch. Both top and bottom are hemmed; the sides are raw and damaged. A border of alternating fleur de lys and stylized roses surrounds the main body of the sampler; a carnation is placed in each corner. The corners of the main body have a cherub at the top flower vases at the bottom. The main decoration is a large inscription which reads ' CHARITY/O Charity! / Thou principle of great Souls!/how glorious are thy/Works!/Thou createst a new World/in the /Moral and physical order./ Thou preventest a Deluge of/Indigence!/ thou Preventest a deluge of/Vice!/Thou throwest an immortal/ Guard round Virgin/Purity!/Thou recallest not the/Dead/ but thou givest Life and health/to the/Diseased/and the/ expiring/Ann Calton Royal Free Mason's School'.

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Lady St John Hope Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 56 cm
Width: 38.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century
After 1801 CE - Before 1900 CE

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Techniques used in production

Weaving : Woollen border sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross and satin stitch. Both top and bottom are hemmed; the sides are raw and damaged

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Accession number: T.13-1939
Primary reference Number: 110877
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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