Sampler depicting John Wesley's chapel by Elizabeth Ryalls

This sampler is both a fine example of late 18th century needlework and one of the earliest known depictions of Wesley's Chapel, the London base of the founder of Methodism, John Wesley.


Linen & silk
47 x 48.3 cm
Art Fund grant:
£390 ( Total: £960)
Acquired in:

There are few surviving 18th-century depictions of the chapel, making it a rare and important object. Skillfully worked, it includes a variety of motifs and text including Christian verses and a dedication reading: A south west view of Revd Mr John Wesley's new chapel City Road London, done by Elizabeth Ryalls in the 12th year of her age December 19 1798.


Private collection; Christie's, London.

Venue details

Wesley's Chapel, Museum of Methodism and John Wesley's House 49 City Road, LONDON London EC1Y 1AU 020 7253 2262

Entry details

Free to all

Mon – Sat, 10am – 4pm
Sun (for those attending morning worship) 12.30 – 1.45pm

Closed on Bank Holidays

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