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Map Sampler - 1000 pc jigsaw puzzle

Map Sampler - 1000 pc jigsaw puzzle

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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Ann Seaton, map sampler of England and Wales, 1790

A fiendishly challenging puzzle based upon a map sampler from The Fitzwilliam Museum's collection. The creation of map samplers was a popular exercise in schools during the 1700s and 1800s as a means of combining the practise of simple embroidery stitches with the learning of geography. Follow in the footsteps of schoolgirl Ann Seaton and assemble the old counties of England and Wales.

This design is also available on a notebook, tote bag, and lens cloth.

Product details:

  • 1000 piece jigsaw on high quality laminated board
  • Assembled size 70 x 51cm
  • Box size: 35 x 20 x 4.5cm
  • Printed in the UK with FSC approved materials

About Samplers at the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum holds an important collection of over four hundred historic samplers. Stemming from both sides of the English channel, and spanning the 17th
to the 20th Century, these samplers are both beautiful works of art, and important historical artefacts in their own right.

In our recorded histories the lives, thoughts and achievements of ordinary, middle or lower class women has often gone unrecorded. For many, embroidery is the only evidence of their existence that has survived.

The 2017 exhibition, Sampled Lives showcased over 100 examples of samplers from the
Fitzwilliam’s collection, with deliberate focus on their importance as documentary evidence of the lived experiences of young women. The beautifully embroidered and stitched samplers cast bright illumination on the lives of girls and women from the mid-17th Century to the early 20th Century. Encompassing education, employment, religion, family, societal status and needlework skills.


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