Jean Scrimgreowr 1779 Sampler
An historical design from the Scarlet Letter collection.
Reproduced from a brilliant Scottish sampler of 1779, this piece is finely worked. Stylised pansies across the top symbolise the Holy Trinity, while doves near the centre perch on the Fountain of Eternal Life. Adam and Eve stand beneath their umbrella-shaped tree, surrounded by various heraldic motifs including a peacock, dogs, and crowns.
The verse . . .
Begin the high celestial strain my raivshed (sic)
soul and sing a solemn hymn of grateful praise
to Heavnns Almight King
. . . and colour scheme (reds and greens) give this sampler a Christmas-like flavour.
Origin and date: Scottish 1779
Linen count and finished size: 35-count, hand-dyed, 17"x15". Kit contains fabric, silk or cotton thread, needle and instructions.
Stitches: Cross, double running, back and Upright Gobelin
Source: Private collection