Auckland Museum - Collections Online

Predicate Object 29 Oct 1965 1965-10-29T00:00:00.000Z 1965-10-29T00:00:00.000Z presented by Mr G. Gifford, collection Auckland War Memorial Museum, col.0059, T1056 1996-11-11T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-06-30T20:03:56.398Z 70 Stylistic information: similar motifs to other E. Weston samplers (T737, T1061, T1062) ; alphabet style confirms mid to late Victorian era, as does the style of motifs (which shows the influence of Berlin woolwork from the Continent, fashionable in the Victorian era). But this sampler throws up as many if not more questions than it answers. Why would Emma Jane Weston, the maker according to the donor, sign the sampler Emily Jane Weston? Who is she? A sister or sister-in-law? (With a sister's love?) If Emma stitched it as a gift, would she not have given it before emigrating? So why did she bring it with her when she emigrated? Did she, in fact, stitch it? Maybe it is a parting gift from Emily Jane Weston to Emma Jane Weston? Although some motifs are the same, stylistically it is very different to T737 (Emma Weston's traditional sampler) and T1062; it is much more likely to be the companion piece to T1061 (which is signed "from E Bowen to E Westen"), which is obviously a gift. If Mr S. Gifford, the donor, didn't know Emma upon her arrival in NZ, and was left to dispose of her belongings after her death, he may have been aware that she "brought them to NZ in 1884" (ocm), but he may not have known who stitched what of her works. Structure/Planning: Vertical axis important; the two crosses stitched at sides early; other motifs have been added for balance and colour migration needlework/crafts "Five pieces of embroidery executed by Mrs. Gifford when a child" Brought to New Zealand in 1884 by Mrs. S Gifford (nee Emma Jane Weston) "Emma Jane Gifford b. 1863 In June 1937 a small collection of samplers and needleworking gear was presented to the Old Colonists Museum by Mr L.F. Rudd, Barrister and Solicitor, on behalf of Mr S. Gifford. The record stated that they were " brought to New Zealand in 1884 by Mrs Gifford nee Emma Jane Weston" and included five pieces of embroidery "executed by her". Currently the only information we have on Emma Jane Gifford is derived from the Museum accession record and from her needlework. What we do know reads like a set of clues. It is obvious that Emma Jane Weston was an excellent needleworker. We also know that she was born about 1863 and at 13 years of age she lived at Woodhouse in England. Then in 1884, aged 21, she came to New Zealand and at some stage married Mr. S Gifford. It is probable that the Giffords lived in or near Auckland. Emma's husband, S Gifford probably died about 1937, when this collection was presented to the Old Colonist's Museum and it is quite likely that Emma Jane died some time before him. Emma Jane Gifford's name is not recorded in either the Births, Marriages, Deaths index held by Auckland Museum or the Public Library shipping index for 1884. However, this lack of information is not unusual as official records often referred to women simply as wife of, daughter of, or family of. In Emma's case we have one or two yet unexplored avenues to investigate and hope to learn more about Emma Jane Gifford (nee Weston) in future." Display caption for "Reflections" - an Auckland Museum exhibition commemorating Womens Suffrage anniversary in 1993 sampler, embroidery, unbordered and unframed multicoloured sampler, with motifs and text, signed Emily Jane Weston. One of five pieces of embroidery brought to New Zealand in 1884 by Mrs. S Gifford (nee Emma Jane Weston) and executed by Mrs. Gifford when a child colours include burgundy/red, greens, blues, golds, copper; motifs include crosses (4), wreath, crowns, book, roses and rosebuds, fruit in bowl, diamonds;stylistically late Victorian; verse "AFFECTION/ BEAR THE CROSS PATIENTLY/ TRULY THNE(?)/ WITH A SISTER'S LOVE/ I LOVE/ CLING NOT TO EARTH"' details in signature "EMILY JANE WESTON" sampler, embroidery
  • Set the Accept header to application/ld+json to get JSON-LD for this subject
  • Set the Accept header to application/json to get simple JSON representation for this subject