Sampler Exhibition at Wells Museum. Catalogue for sale.
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Over 120 samplers exist in the conservation store where there is little opportunity to enjoy them. This exhibition gives a few more of them a well-deserved airing. A wide range of types, styles, compositions will be shown. What is more rarely demonstrated is the variable lives of the young girls who stitched these beautiful items. Considerable efforts have been made to trace the girls and try to follow their lives. Some came from wealthy origins, some from textile-related working families, others we can find little about. What is equally interesting is what happened in their later life and whether their stitchery skills helped them. Again, there are wide differences: one ends up in a workhouse infirmary hospital, another runs her own millinery shop, another works in a straw-hat factory, while others become maids – with plenty of darning and mending to do. Extraordinary lives of an ‘ordinary’ cross-section of society from the late C18th and C19th. Come and enjoy the beautiful results and personal details stitched into these works.