Today we go back to the embroidery.
One of the top people from the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court looked at it (not a photo but the actual embroidery) about ten years ago and the dates she thought would agree with what is in the blog .So 1800-1810.
At Hampton Court they also said it was the fashion of that time for English ladies to work such pictures as a pass time if they were lady's of fashion.
Sometimes bought in kit form and sometimes designed by themselves.
The lady said that she had never seen this design before or so well worked.
She did see this type of thing so very often as a woman draped over an urn to commemorate someone's death. Usually she did not like such things ,but she thought this one to be so well designed and worked she would make it the exception.
It is embroidered on silk with silks in seed and satin stitch but the faces are hand painted.
So we know more about the embroidery.
And now we have to find out who made it.Was it the Samworth family or was it the mother or sisters of Jerome Nicholas Vlieland.