Friday, 18 January 2019

Scottish Sampler Exhibition

Above and Below: Isabella Cook 

This week I managed to get a rushed peek at the exhibition 'Embroidered Stories' at the National Museum of Scotland it is on until 21st April 2019. It features a collection of Scottish samplers gathered over many years by Leslie B Hurst. They were even more incredible in their fineness and detail but also the wonderful stories of the creators often very young girls. I have to go back again and read more stories and wonder further at the incredible skill of these young women. 

The two samplers above were most probably inspired by the Queen's Zebra gifted to her by George III in 1762.

Above: Artist unknown The London Magazine 1762

Above: A McGilly 1815. Below: Mary Robert 1767

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