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Five samplers by various young girls, 1820-1839

MS. Eng. misc. a. 1, fols. 1-3, 5-6

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(fols. 1-3, 5) four samplers, the contents of an old-style ‘guardbook’ of the Nicholson period which was probably initiated between 1887 and 1894 to take continuing accessions. The samplers were apparently never catalogued and their provenances are unrecorded; on internal grounds, fols. 1-3 perhaps arrived as a group. They were remounted individually in 1981-1984.

  1. (fol. 1) silk threads on fine wool canvas, worked in satin stitch, cross stitch and stem stitch, c. 377 x 355 mm, ‘Elizabeth Amelia Strutt Wrought this in her eleventh year 1820’, with verse text ‘O that the Lord indeed Would me his Servant bless… Till, with his saints in Canian’s land My portion he divide.’
  2. (fol. 2) silk threads on wool canvas, worked in cross stitch and stem stitch, 422 x 324 mm, ‘Susannah Strutt is my Name, And in this I Wrought the same, And by this you plainly See, What care my Parents took of me. Aged nine years’, with further verse text ‘Learn, little Maid, each useful Art… That every grace which Crown the fair May all attend on the [sic]’.
  3. (fol. 3) silk threads on wool canvas, worked in stem stitch, cross stitch, satin stitch, pattern darning and chain stitch, 433 x 340mm, ‘Susannah Strutt’, with no other text.
  4. (fol. 5) silk threads on wool canvas, worked in cross stitch, 416 x 338 mm, ‘Mary Ann Spalding Aged 8 Years Lavenham Suffolk 1839’, with majuscule and minuscule alphabets and the verse text ‘Young children once to Jesus came his blessing To entreat…do thou thy sacred blessings Pour dear Jesus on my head’.

(fol. 6) sampler with silk threads on wool canvas, worked in cross stitch and drawn fabric stitch, c. 320 x 310 mm, ‘Eliza Weaver Born Octbr 31st 1819’ , with a majuscule alphabet , numbers, a minuscule alphabet ending ‘and Eternity’, and verse text, ‘My life’s a narrow spane…It soon will pass away.’ Formerly a ‘John Johnson Sampler’, transferred 1985 and remounted (old wooden frame discarded). The sampler is visible in photographs of John Johnson’s ‘Cabins’ at the Clarendon Press in Walton Street.


  • Creation: 1820-1839


5 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. misc. a. 1, fols. 1-3, 5-6

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom