Jean Scrimgeowr 1779
Origin and date: Scottish 1779
Linen count and finished size: 35-count, hand-dyed, 17″x15″
Stitches: Cross, double running, back and Upright Gobelin
Source: Private collection
Reproduced from a brilliant Scottish sampler of 1779, this piece is finely worked. Stylized pansies across the top symbolize the Holy Trinity, while doves near the center perch on the Fountani of Eternal Life. Adam and Eve stand beneath their umbrella-shaped tree, surrounded by various heraldic motifs including a peacock, dogs, and crowns.
The verse . . .
soul and sing a solemn hymn of grateful praise
to Heavnns Almight King
. . . and color scheme (reds and greens) give this sampler a Christmas-like flavor.