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Sampler

A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, herringbone, stem, satin, and chain stitches; edged with cotton, plain weave.
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  • A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, herringbone, stem, satin, and chain stitches; edged with cotton, plain weave.

Date:

1765/66

Artist:

Charlotte Guerin (French-Canadian, born 1755/56)
Probably Canada

About this artwork

The education of girls and young women in the 18th and 19th centuries in North America focused on preparation for marriage, motherhood, and domestic life. Needlework and sampler making were taught both for practicing stitches but also as a means of learning the alphabet. Samplers were seen as the embroidment of femininity. In this early example, the main field contains two tablets with the Ten Commandments. Beneath this can be found the maker’s name, Charlotte Guerin, aged 10 years, and the date of completion, 1765 of 1766. The oldest dated Canadian sampler known was made in 1764.
—A Global View: Recent Acquisitions of Textiles, 2012-2016, April 8-September 5, 2016, Galleries 57-59

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Artist

Charlotte Guerin

Title

Sampler

Origin

Canada

Date

Made 1765–1766

Medium

Linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk in cross, herringbone, stem, satin, and chain stitches; edged with cotton, plain weave

Dimensions

55.25 × 53.02 cm (21 3/4 × 20 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Sherrill

Reference Number

2013.65

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