1887 Embroidered Sampler



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An impressive Sampler dated 1887, meticulously cross-stitched by Nellie Curnow in wool, which gives it a rather sumptuous effect – especially the large bowl of flowers. It was made during Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Year, but as well as featuring crowns and stars, Nellie chose to include Paul Pry, a character invented by John Poole for his comedy of the same name, introduced on stage in 1825 by the leading comic actor, John Liston. Paul Pry caught the public’s imagination, remaining popular, and being revived as late as the 1890’s. Several porcelain factories produced figures of him. Nellie was probably the sixth child of James W Curnow and his wife, Elizabeth. The family lived at Mawgan in Menage, in Cornwall, where James worked as a cordwainer. Nellie was already attending school when the 1881 census was prepared – she was four years old. This sampler has been conserved by being hand sewn onto raw silk, before being framed and glazed.

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