Miss Sarah Ann Slater
, born 1851
Dimensions: Overall: 287 x 280mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: X1977.921
This sampler was embroidered in 1863 by Sarah Ann Slater, when she was 12 years old. Sarah Ann lived with her father Benjamin, a house painter from Liverpool, her mother Ann, and her younger brother Benjamin, at 132 Blonk Street. The street still exists today and is situated on the banks of the river Don, in the Brightside area of Sheffield.
Sarah Ann attended the nearby Lancesterian School for girls, which was opened in 1815 and relied on voluntary contributions. The school had sites on Gibraltar Street and Allen Street, both in the Shalesmoor area of the city. Sarah's sampler is typical of school samplers because she has embroidered the alphabet and numbers across the top of her sampler, separating each row with a decorative line. In the bottom half of the sampler Sarah has embroidered the tree of knowledge, another popular subject for young sampler makers.