Elizabeth Baker, age 13
Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire
A great number of samplers and silk embroideries depicting "A Map of England and Wales" were made in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These were classroom projects that combined lessons in needlework with those of geography, the later patterned on published maps of the period. We have seen many over the years but none as finely and minutely worked as this very large and detailed map. Elizabeth stitched hundreds of names of towns and villages in addition to the names of shires, or counties. In order to fit this onto her sampler she used the tiniest lettering imaginable, the smallest that we have ever encountered on any sampler.
Elizabeth seems to have practiced stitching her tiny lettering on sections of the linen that she knew wouldn't show as they would be covered up by the oval eglomise painted glass mat; letters of the alphabet and her surname, Baker, are worked in the corner areas of th linen and are now beneath the mat. A fine depiction of Britannia seated on a lion appears in the upper right area, with her head and arms painted directly onto the linen. The outlines of the shires are finely worked in chain stitch. The border is a graceful flowering vine that works into the cartouche containing the inscription at the bottom.
Size (W x H): 19 x 23 inches (oval)
Stitches: Satin, outline, cross-over-one, straight, chain, long-short
Media: Silk on gauze
There was an Elizabeth Baker baptized 10 October 1784 to Jonathan and Mary Baker of Colnbrook, a village 16 miles from Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Aged 13 Years
1797 Gt Marlow
(This sampler was added to the site on June 09, 2017)