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Textile Sample Books

1769 - 1851

Five leather bound cotton sample books (originally a roll of calico prints in a mahogany cabinet).

They were compiled for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and are possibly the earliest examples of the sorts of cottons which would have been made in the Manchester area for export.

The samples of cotton, dating back to 1769, are divided roughly into three sections:

  • ornament derived from geometric forms

  • ornament derived from conventional ornaments, furniture, etc.

  • ornament derived from natural forms