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Panel - The Pianist

The Pianist

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, Uk (made)

  • Date:

    1949 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richards, Frances, born 1903 (designer and maker)
    Richards, Ceri, born 1903 - died 1971 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool embroidered in silk and cotton, with applique of nylon and cotton

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.49-1949

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel by Frances Richards is worked on a woollen ground with an appliqué of nylon and cotton, embroidered with coloured silks and cottons, mainly in chain stitch and running stitch with couched work.

Frances Richards was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1903, the daughter of pottery artist John Clayton. She worked as a pottery designer before moving to London to study at the Royal College of Art in 1924, where she met fellow artist Ceri Richards (1903-1971). They married in 1929, and both went on to have successful careers as artists and designers. Frances Richards illustrated the Book of Revelation (published in 1931), and continued to work in a variety of media, including ceramics and textiles.

This particular design entitled 'The Pianist' is after a drawing by Ceri Richards, who often took his inspiration from music and poetry.

Physical description

Red woollen ground with an applique of nylon and cotton, embroidered with coloured silks and cottons (in red, blue, yellow, black, grey and white) mainly in chain and running stitches with couched work. Mounted.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, Uk (made)

Date

1949 (made)

Artist/maker

Richards, Frances, born 1903 (designer and maker)
Richards, Ceri, born 1903 - died 1971 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Wool embroidered in silk and cotton, with applique of nylon and cotton

Dimensions

Length: 28.3 cm, Width: 22.2 cm

Materials

Cotton; Silk; Wool

Techniques

Embroidered; Appliqué

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection code

T&F

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