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Book cover

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1613 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Illingworth, Elizabeth (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk embroidery on linen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Silk embroidery on linen in petit point and French knots. The front side depicts the sacrfice of Isaac; the back depicts Jonah and the whale. On front, back, and spine are stem borders with flowers, fruit, and insects.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1613 (made)


Illingworth, Elizabeth (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk embroidery on linen

Marks and inscriptions

On back

'E I'
On front; for Elizabeth Illingworth


Length: 9 in, Width: 6.5 in, Depth: 2.5 in

Object history note

Purchased from Messrs. Delomosne & Son, with money from the Bryan Bequest Funds. Registered file no. 1929/8466. Contains a Bible of 1610 and Book of Common Prayer of 1611.

Historical context note

See T.143-1962 for details of design source. Jonah and the whale: woodcut by Jost Amman, (1539-1591) in Neue Biblischen Figuren. Frankfurt-am-Main: 1564. Abraham and Isaac: engraving by Petrus de Jode (1570-1634), in Metropolitan Museum, NYC?

Descriptive line

Embroidered in silk on linen in petit point, depicting the sacrifice of Isaac and Jonah and the whale; English, 1613.

Subjects depicted

Caterpillars; Snails; Stems; Flowers; Butterflies; Fruit




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