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Sampler: T.10-1952

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Ruddock, Alice




Sampler, woollen, embroidered with silks in cross-stitch. The sampler is divided into three sections and features repeating border patterns, alphabets, detached motifs, a verse and an inscription with the makers name and date of completion.

Woollen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross-stitch. The sides have a double blue line selvedge, the top is hemmed and the bottom has been left raw. A narrow repeating border pattern goes around the whole sampler. Three narrow repeating border patterns divide the sampler into four sections. The top three contain three alphabets and additional border patterns. The larger lower section has a balanced arrangement of detached birds, flowerpots, sprays, trees and baskets placed on either side of a verse, two flowerpots, two sprays and an inscribed panel. The verse reads ' Life is happy hear the birds/ Early as the morning breaks/Every sweet toned throat of silver/ Into songs of gladness breaks' and the inscription reads ' Alice Ruddock/Aged 13 Years' with the date '1736' on either side of it.

Legal notes

Lady St John Hope Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 42.75 cm
Width: 33.25 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1952-10-23) by Hope, St John, Lady


18th century
Production date: AD 1736 : George II

Materials used in production

polychrome Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Woollen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in cross-stitch. The sides have a double blue line selvedge, the top is hemmed and the bottom has been left raw

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.10-1952
Primary reference Number: 110909
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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