Date Made/Found: 1798-1850
, born 1743
Dimensions: Overall: 545 x 440mm
Department: Social History
This sampler was made in Sheffield by Elizabeth Drayton. She finished the sampler on 7th August 1798, when she was 55 years old. The inscription is taken from the first verse of the hymn 'There is a Land of Pure Delight', written by the hymn-writer Isaac Watts in 1707. It reads: 'There is a land of pure delight/Where saints immortal reign/Infinite day excludes the night/And pleasures banish pain.'
Floral borders are a common feature of late eighteenth-century samplers and Elizabeth has decorated the edges of her sampler in this style, with leaves and small white flowers. The inscription at the top is flanked by two potted, flowering plants, probably copied from a textbook or another sampler. The central design depicts a large building which may be Sheffield Infirmary as this was a popular subject for sampler makers in Sheffield.