Sampler

Embroidered by Mary Lamb, Scottish, born c. 1831

Geography:
Made in Glasgow, Scotland, Europe

Date:
c. 1830-1840

Medium:
Linen plain weave with wool and silk embroidery in cross, eyelet and back stitches; drawn thread work in cross stitches

Dimensions:
17 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches (44.5 x 31.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1969-288-139

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

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Label:
Mary Lamb inscribed this sampler with the initials of her family members in the center and her parents’ names in the bottom left and right corners. James Lamb and Christine Wilson married in 1815 in Lanarkshire, an important trade center in central Scotland where James Lamb worked as a wine and spirits merchant. Mary embroidered “Glasgow” over a Georgian-style house in the center, indicating the city where the Lamb family settled. Homes found on Scottish samplers are often modeled after local dwellings, and the one pictured here may be that of the Lamb family.