Costume and Textiles
SamplerMade in Glasgow, Scotland, Europe
Embroidered by Mary Lamb, Scottish, born c. 1831
Linen plain weave with wool and silk embroidery in cross, eyelet and back stitches; drawn thread work in cross stitches
1969-288-139Whitman Sampler Collection, gift of Pet, Incorporated, 1969
LabelMary 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.
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