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Elizabeth Skilton 1762

18th Century sampler worked by Elizabeth Skilton, in her 15th year 1762. This sampler was worked at the charity school founded by Lady Elizabeth Howland in Streatham in the early eighteenth century. Interestingly the text on this sampler notes that Elizabeth Howland gave to the scholars educated at the school 'samplers' as well as books.
Framed size 48 x 27 cm.

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Sarah Hayes 1799.

Rare 18th century orphanage sampler worked by Sarah Hayes, Hooks Mill, Bristol, 1799. The girls were admitted to the Orphanage aged between six and twelve years of age with the first three girls admitted to the institution on the 12th of January 1795. Worked in black on a fine linen ground.
Framed size 24.5 x 21 cm.

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Ann Campain 1796

Small finely worked sampler worked with the Lords Prayer by Ann Campain in 1796. Worked in coloured silks on a fine linen ground..

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Ann Leaver. 1834.

An exceptional sampler finely embroidered in coloured silks. An extravagant and freely worked floral border surrounds the meticulously stitched text. Probably worked under Quaker influence.
Framed size: 54 x 63 cm

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Deborah Townsend. 1769. 'A HYMN from PSALM the 8th'

A finely worked sampler contained within a floral border and with a painstakingly worked long, religious text, embroidered with coloured silks on loosely woven wool tammy.
Such long texts illustrate the importance of female literacy evident in many mid 18th century samplers. Attitudes towards female education are reflected on samplers which were seen not only as a method of improving skill with a needle but of educating the young in the subjects of morality, religious instruction and literature.
Framed Size. 15 x 14 ins.

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Sarah Bradley. 1871 Aged 14

Although Sarah Bradley completed this attractive and well balanced sampler in 1871 it was clearly begun by an unrecorded hand in 1818.

Embroidered on a cotton ground, almost entirely in red thread with a small addition of blue, the sampler has strong connections in it's design motifs with samplers worked by girls at the Muller Orphan Houses, Bristol.
Framed Size: 19 x 24 ins.

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Ruth Hackett

Imposing finely worked historical needlework sampler worked by Ruth Hackett at Sarah West's school aged 10 years old. Samplers such as this rare example were worked not just as needlework exercises but also served as a history lesson. Worked in coloured silks on a very fine linen gauze ground. Retaining good original colour and condition.
Framed size 74 x 60 cm

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Rachel Hook 1803

Finely executed Norfolk darning sampler by Rachel Hook, dated 1803. A figurative sampler worked by Rachel in 1801 is illustrated on page 261 of Joanne Martin Lukacher's book "Imitation and Improvement, The Norfolk Sampler Tradition". This sampler is finely worked in coloured silks on a fine ground. A floral meandering border surrounds an elaborately embroidered basket of flowers and a total of eleven patches worked in darning stitches.
Framed size 49 cm x 43 cm

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