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Map Sampler


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Title/s

Map Sampler

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Category

embroidery

Name

sampler

Description

Oval silk map sampler with a linen backing, embroidered with polychrome silks through both layers in back and stem stitch, with French knots and painted details on the figures. The edges are raw. The map depicts the European territories, and the edges of Asia and Africa. Most countries or regions have their names embroidered inside them, as have the seas and oceans. In the right corner a small pictorial piece of embroidery depicts two men, one on a horse the other standing next to it, in front of a classic background. The map is enclosed by a meandering floral border.

Production Place

England (maker) (country)

English (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Oval silk map sampler with a linen backing, embroidered with polychrome silks through both layers in back and stem stitch, with French knots and painted details on the figures. The edges are raw.

Dimensions

length: (max): 52.5 cm
width: (max): 52.5 cm
length: 21 in
width: 19.5/8 in

Period

late 18th century

Date

circa 1770 to 1799

Provenance

bequeathed: Longman, H.A. Mrs 1938 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Longman Bequest

Documentation

  1. Humphrey, Carol (1997) Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks, Samplers, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: 104]
    [comments: Publ. No. 47]
  2. Humphrey, Carol (1993) Sampler Exhibition in the Octagon, Cambridge (Cambs.)

Other Notes

Accession Number

T.142-1938 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 110867; Input Date: 2004-11-05 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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