Diligence, Industry and Virtue: Samplers and Historic Embroideries
This newest 2002 exhibition catalog from Witney Antiques in England chronicles
300 years of samplermaking. It leads us away from the usual
perception of samplers as merely decorative art. Many verses on samplers reflect the perceived feminine ideal, illustrating the traditional values
and virtues taught from early childhood to young womanhood. The exhibition runs from October 14th until November 2nd. The earliest examples date from the 17th century, a journey ending over 100 years ago. All the samplers are unique, and the fact that often very young children were able to produce such painstaking and exacting work is indeed remarkable.
50 full color illustrations, paper