Artist/maker unknown, Scottish

Made in Scotland, Europe

Late 18th century

Linen plain weave with wool and silk embroidery in cross, whipped, stem, rice, faggot, eyelet, Rococo, blanket, chain, antique hem, and encroaching satin stiches

17 1/4 x 8 inches (43.8 x 20.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Whitman Sampler Collection, gift of Pet, Incorporated, 1969

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This 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.