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  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    c.1816 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    block printed cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Kewa Nesfield Cookson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The V&A has two identical versions of this block-printed panel made to celebrate the marriage of Princess Charlotte to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg in 1816.

Commemorative panels were made specifically for use in larger domestic textile projects, such as quilts and cushions. They were manufactured throughout the first quarter of the nineteenth century and were often highly cherished, with some being kept and used at a later date. The earliest datable commemorative panels are those celebrating George III's Golden Jubilee in 1810.

This example has an excise stamp for 1816 and is inscribed 'John Lowe and Co. Furniture Printers, Shepley Hall', providing the name of the only identifiable manufacturer of these panels, although there are likely to have been others. John Lowe was a well-known firm of calico printers with large cotton factories and extensive bleaching grounds close to the River Tame near Ashton-under-Lyne in Lancashire.

Physical description

Block printed cotton panel showing roses, lilies and lilacs, the border with rose stems and the Prince of Wales's badge, the Royal Arms of England and coronets. Commemorates the marriage of Princess Charlotte of Wales to Leopold Prince of Saxe-Coburg. Dated 1816.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


c.1816 (made)



Materials and Techniques

block printed cotton

Marks and inscriptions

'Princess Charlotte of Wales married to Leopold Prince of Saxe Cobourg May 21 1816'
Prince of Wales badge
Royal Arms of England


Weight: 0.90 kg

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Linda Parry, 'Complexity and context: nineteenth-century British quilts', in Sue Prichard (ed.), Quilts 1700-2010 (London: V&A, 2010) p.78








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