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Sampler: T.4-1946

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Harley, Mary Ann




Sampler, wool, embroidered with polychrome silks in satin and cross-stitch. A border divides the sampler into two sections both of which contain a verse and detached motifs.

Sampler, wool, embroidered with polychrome silks in stain and cross-stitch. There is a selvedge on both sides and the top and bottom are turned under and stitched. A honeysuckle border and a horizontal repeat floral band divide the sampler into two sections. In the upper section there is a star; angels, flowerpots and birds on either side of the verse 'On Good Friday/ Dear Saviour oh what ails this Heart/Sure tis stone it cannot smart/ We yet relent the death of thee/ Whose death alone could ransom me'. In the lower section symmetrically arranged detached motifs accompany the inscription 'Can I behold thy pains so great/ Thy dying sighs thy bloody sweat/Canst thou pour forth such streams for me/ And I not drop one tear for thee', 'Mary Ann Harley 1817' and a pastoral scene including a house and a windmill.

Legal notes

Given by Lady St John Hope

Measurements and weight

Length: 17.1/2 in
Width: 13.1/2 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1946-07) by Hope, St John, Lady


19th Century
Production date: AD 1817 : George III

Materials used in production

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

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Sampler, wool, embroidered with polychrome silks in stain and cross-stitch. There is a selvedge on both sides and the top and bottom are turned under and stitched.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.4-1946
Primary reference Number: 110898
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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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