Elizabeth Mastern Hand Numbered Limited Edition Print on Paper :"Sampler with Giraffe"
Title: Sampler with Giraffe
Dimensions (W x H ): Paper Size: 16 x 20 in | Image Size: 12 x 16 in
Edition | Medium: Each print is hand numbered, accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and is numbered to match the print. The editions are limited to 1880 copies. |
This Gouttelette print on paper is published with light-fast inks to BS1006 Standard onto acid-free calcium carbonate buffered stock, mould-made from 100% cotton and sourced from environmentally conscious paper suppliers. This product is exclusive to Rosenstiels.
About the Art: Superior Edition
About the Artist:
The word “sampler” comes from the Latin word “examplar”, literally meaning “example” or “model”. Samplers existed in Europe from the early 16th century, although the earliest known survivor was stitched by Jane Bostocke in 1598.
Samplers were originally worked to provide a portable record of stitches and patterns in an age where printed patterns were very rare. The early samplers were generally completed by adults and were frequently worked on long strips of bleached or unbleached linen.
The first printed pattern book was published in 1523 and, towards the end of the 16th century, the function of samplers changed to become increasingly decorative. In the 18th and 19th centuries, most young girls would have worked at least one sampler during the course of their education. In particular, many samplers of this kind have a religious or moral tone.
Most samplers from the 19th century have been prepared with cross-stitch, which became so common that it came to be called “sampler stitch”. In the 19th century, naturalistic subjects became increasingly popular, including portrayals of birds, trees, houses, animals and people, as well as the more general numeric and alphabetical themes.
Elizabeth Mastern flourished during the first half of the 19th century and probably attended the National School in Southampton. The sampler illustrated in the Rosenstiel’s catalogue depicts the historic occasion on which the first giraffe was seen in England. The giraffe was a present from Mehetmet Ali, the Viceroy of Egypt, to King George IV. Little else is known about Elizabeth Mastern’s life.