Changing Styles: The 18th Century 100 YEARS of Sampler Making
By Witney Antiques
This newest exhibition at Witney Antiques focuses on the evolution of sampler styles throughout the eighteenth century. The catalogue charts this development from the emerging importance of women's literacy, the influence of moral excellence on young minds, the period of pastoral and bucolic infatuation, and the growth in popularity of the needle arts as practiced in fashionable boarding schools for young ladies.
The catalogue is illustrated in full color, with many previously unpublished and unrecorded samplers, including a very rare and unique group of eight Scottish family samplers, spanning a period of forty years. The cover is illustrated below, as well as some details from the book itself.