Costume and Textiles
SamplerMade in Scotland, Europe
Late 18th century
Artist/maker unknown, Scottish
Linen plain weave with wool and silk embroidery in cross, whipped, stem, rice, faggot, eyelet, Rococo, blanket, chain, antique hem, and encroaching satin stiches
1969-288-302Whitman Sampler Collection, gift of Pet, Incorporated, 1969
LabelThis sampler features the early Latin alphabet, which often lacked the letters J and U. I represented both I and J, and V denoted both V and U before the sixteenth century. These alphabets were copied from contemporary books on grammar, such as Charles Gildon and John Brightland’s A Grammar of the English Tongue (1711), which was the first guide to feature ornate alphabets especially for samplers.
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