Isabella Cook 2

Scottish Samplers

Isabella Cook 2


Saddell and Skipness, Argyll


Isabella's smaller works feature predominantly Dutch motifs. This symmetrically balanced spot sampler has an adorable zebra in black and white - perhaps Isabella was inspired by Queen Charlotte's zebras because the zebra is not a traditional Dutch motif. The central motif is known as the Dutch Maiden, and there are many variations, most of which have the maiden in a crown holding a scepter. To the left and right of the zebra are milkmaids and dog. A compact strawberry border is around the whole piece.

Size (W x H): 7 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches

Stitches: Cross, cross-over-one, rice, continental, straight

Media: Silk on linen


Isabella was born 3 May 1828 in Saddell And Skipness, Argyll, Scotland to William Cook and Mary Thomson. There were nine siblings: Archibald (1816), Kathrin (1818), Barbra (1820), Dugal (1822), Neil (1824), Mary (1825), Flora (1830), Chirstie (1833), William (1836). 

Isabella never married. She died at the age of 64 (in 1892) after suffering from gastric ulcerations for over a year. Occupation as listed on the death certificate was housekeeper, and her brother William was present as a witness.  


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(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)

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