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Maker/s

Le Gay, Fanny (maker)

Category

embroidery

Name

sampler

Description

Rectangular map sampler, fine cotton embroidered with polychrome silks in cross-stitch. The sampler is edged with cotton tape. The map depicts the European continent and the edges of the neighbouring territories of Asia and Africa. As well as national boundaries of the era, major towns, rivers, seas and mountain ranges are included. The whole set on a marked grid of the lines of latitude and longitude. a rectangular panel in the left-hand corner encloses the inscription 'Carte d'Europe Presentée A.M. Le comte Fourcroy Conseilleur d'état à vie, directeur 9th de Instruction Publique, Membre de l'Institut etc. 1809'. A smaller panel in the bottom left corner reads ' Fanny Le Gay (de Rouen) fecit. The map is framed by a stylized scroll and leaf border.

Production Place

France, (country)

French (nationality)

Technique Description

Square map sampler in cotton gauze embroidered with polychrome silks in cross-stitch. The sampler is edged with cotton tape.

Dimensions

length: 64 cm
width: 77 cm
length: 23.3/8 in
width: 28.1/2 in

Period

early 19th Century

Date

1809

Provenance

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

Mrs H.A Longman Bequest

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. dedication and date
    Position: inside panel in top left part of the sampler
    Method: embroidery
    Content: Carte d'Europe Presentée A.M. Le comte Fourcroy Conseilleur d'état à vie, directeur 9th de Instruction Publique, Membre de l'Institut etc. 1809
    Description: embroidered in mustard yellow silk thread
    Interpretation: dedication and year of production
    Language: French
    Translation: Map of Europe, presented to Count Fourcroy, State Councillor for life, Director general of public education, member of the Institute etc, 1809
  2. name
    Position: bottom left corner inside a small panel
    Method: embroidery
    Content: Fanny Le Gay (de Rouen) fecit
    Description: embroidered in mustard yellow silk thread
    Interpretation: name of maker
    Language: Latin
    Translation: Fanny Le Gray of Rouen made this

Documentation

  1. Humphrey, Carol (1997) Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks, Samplers, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: 106]
    [comments: Publ. No. 48]
  2. Humphrey, Carol (1993) Sampler Exhibition in the Octagon, Cambridge (Cambs.)

Other Notes

Accession Number

T.143-1938 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 110868; Input Date: 2004-11-05 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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