Whitework sampler

mid-17th century

Object Place: Britain


65 x 21.2 cm (25 9/16 x 8 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with linen

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Unfinished whitework sampler, now backed with orange silk.
Ground: colored linen. Design: ten horizontal bands of geometric ornament in drawn-work and cut-work, and one band at the bottom in punto in area with two figures in a landscape (Annunciation? Cupid pointing an arrow at a woman?). Stitches: double hem; cut work including buttonhole, buttonhole picot, knotted buttonhole. Similar design dated 1643 (Ashton, Samplers, fig. 9). Linen is fringed across bottom.


1938, gift of Philip Lehman (b. 1861 - d. 1947), New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1938)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Lehman in memory of his wife Carrie L. Lehman