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
Currently not on view
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.