Embroidered by Margaret Small, Scottish, 1809 - 1838

Made in Scotland, Europe


Linen plain weave with wool and silk embroidery in cross, rice, marking cross, back and Roman stitches

16 7/8 x 11 1/8 inches (42.9 x 28.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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

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Margaret Small was the daughter of David Small—a lawyer in Dundee, Angus (now Dundee City)—and Janet Black. She embroidered her parents’ initials along the sampler’s edge, along with the initials of her younger brother David (born 1811) and extended family members. This sampler’s central verse was common for those made during the first half of the nineteenth century; it frequently appears in evangelical books and religious magazines as well as on the sampler nearby by Isabella Douglass. Margaret flanked the symmetrical Georgian home at the bottom with two potted tulips, a flower that had been cultivated in England since the sixteenth century.