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Sampler listing the counties of England

ca. 1851
Silk embroidery on cotton
Framed: 31 1/8 x 25 5/8 in. (79.1 x 65.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Elizabeth M. Riley Estate, 2002
Accession Number:
Not on view
This sampler’s chart is based on information from the English census of 1851. The anonymous maker has added a little visual interest by varying the colors of the entries by region, but this sampler employs only one type of stitch (cross stitch) and no decorative patterning. Like embroidered map samplers, this work may have been produced as part of a young woman’s education, as a way of practicing lettering and geographical knowledge.
Estate of Elizabeth Riley (until 2002; to MMA)
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