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Salter, Ann, b. 1830 or 1831

The United Kingdom / worked by Ann Salter, Alton.

Alton, Hampshire?, early 1840s?
Physical Description:
1 map : embroidery on linen ; visible image 27 x 21 cm, in frame 33 x 28 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio C 2016 2a
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Maps & Atlases (manuscript)
Scale approximately 1:3,000,000 -- (W 10°35'00"--E 1°56'00"/N 58°44'00"--N 49°26'00")
Bar scale on map given in miles.
For a study of cartographic samplers, see: Tyner, Judith A. Stitching the world: embroidered maps and women's geographical education. Farnham : Ashgate, 2015. The geographic details in the present example do not match those of the examples given in Tyner.
The census of 1851 records an Ann Salter, aged 20, born in Alton, employed alongside her father, Thomas, in a paper mill in High Wycombe. If the same Ann Salter was the creator of the present sampler, then the item was probably created in the early 1840s.
Embroidered map on linen depicting the British Isles, by Ann Salter, of Alton (Hampshire?). Given the title of the sampler, "The United Kingdom," and the area depicted, it was presumably created after the establishment of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. The border of Ireland is embroidered in red silk; Scotland in pale green; England and Wales in a darker green. Major rivers are delineated in black, along with the names of major cities and towns throughout the United Kingdom. Salter frames the mapped image within traditional cartographic neat lines (also embroidered), marked with degrees of latitude and longitude. The title is within a simple oval border at bottom left.
Subject Terms:
Cartography -- Study and teaching.
Geography -- Study and teaching.
Salter, Ann, b. 1830 or 1831.
Women -- Education -- Great Britain.
Embroidery (visual works)
Samplers (embroidery)
Children's art.

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