In spite of the huge number of samplers produced in the 19th century the design is much more stereotyped and the creativity far from the 18th century. The growth and popularity of women's magazines ultimately hindered creativity as ideas and designs were so easy to copy that invention suffered.
During the 19th century the cross-stitch was used pratcically to the exclusion of every other kind. Darning- samplers continued to be popular but are much more coarser than in the previous century.
Source: English Samplers by Elisabeth Calthrope