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Lot's Wife

  • Object:

    Embroidered panel

  • Place of origin:

    Wales (made)

  • Date:

    2006 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Walker, Audrey (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine and hand embroidered silk and cotton on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Gifted to the V&A as Joint Winner of the Sotheby's Award at COLLECT 2007

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Audrey Walker studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She began to make embroidered textiles ten years after leaving the Slade and in 1975 became Head of the Department of Textiles at Goldsmiths College. Walker's embroideries are figurative, stitched by hand or machine and wall hung. She is interested in exploring ideas which relate to chance encounters, momentary glances and human vulnerability.
'Lot's Wife' is based on the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). Two angels tell Lot to leave Sodom with his family before the city is destroyed by the Lord. Lot is advised to flee to the mountains and not look back at the act of destruction. Lot's wife disobeys this command and glances behind her, and she is turned into a pillar of salt.

Physical description

Machined and hand embroidered panel depicting Lot's Wife in the process of being turned into a pillar of salt.

Place of Origin

Wales (made)


2006 (made)


Walker, Audrey (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Machine and hand embroidered silk and cotton on canvas


Length: 137 cm, Width: 29.5 cm, Depth: 0.4 cm

Object history note

Designed and made for COLLECT 2007 and exhibited on the 62 Group of Artists' stand

Descriptive line

'Lot's Wife', panel of machine and hand embroidered silk and cotton on canvas by Audrey Walker, Wales, 2006.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Exhibition


Silk; Cotton; Canvas


Machine embroidery; Hand embroidery


Textiles; Embroidery; Religion; Christianity

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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