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Sampler: T.6-1982

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Thompson, C. M.




Sampler worked in polychrome silks depicting the four seasons.

Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks and gilt metal thread in tent, cross and long and short stitch combined with laid and couched work which completely covers the ground. The four seasons are represented by panels in each corner and smaller triangular panels which contain floral and figurative motifs are arranged around a central rectangle containing the verse' With light and song/comes sweet spring/golden sun ushers in/ balmy summer days/ autumn winds blow/ the tide ever flows/ winter brings snow/ which everyone knows'. The seasons are depicted as follows; Spring is a winged young boy blowing pipes to a background of trees in bloom, Summer is represented by a lady in a red an pink crinoline dress holding a parasol, Autumn is depicted by a girl dancing in the breeze and Winter is an old man in a purple gown in a snowy landscape. At the bottom of the piece is a tiny inscription which reads '1926 C.M. Thompson age 17'.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mr Christopher William Mansfield

Measurements and weight

Length: 53 cm
Width: 44.75 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1982-06-07) by Mansfield, Christopher William


20th Century
Production date: AD 1926


The sampler was made by C.M Thompson whilst she was at college.

Materials used in production

ground Linen
laid and couched work Gilt metal thread
white, cream, grey, light blue, mauve, purple, pink, red, green, grey-green Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks and gilt metal thread in tent, cross and long and short stitch combined with laid and couched work which completely covers the ground.
Laid and couched work

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: embroidered in purple silk thread

  • Text: 1926 C.M. Thompson age 17
  • Location: Bottom centre of sampler
  • Method of creation: Embroidery
  • Type: Date, name and age

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.6-1982
Primary reference Number: 110929
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 30 September 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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