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Banner - Let Glasgow Flourish
  • Let Glasgow Flourish
    Macbeth, Ann, born 1875 - died 1948
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Let Glasgow Flourish

  • Object:

    Banner

  • Place of origin:

    Glasgow (made)

  • Date:

    1901 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Macbeth, Ann, born 1875 - died 1948 (embroiderer)
    Newbery, Jessie, born 1864 - died 1948 (embroiderer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hessian with applique linen, embroidered with metal threads and coloured silks

  • Credit Line:

    Lent by the British Association for the Advancement of Science

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:BRITISH ASSOC.1-2004

  • Gallery location:

    On display in the Scottish Design Galleries, V&A Dundee

Physical description

Double-sided banner of hessian embroidered in applique linen, metal threads and coloured silks, using satin, stem and straight stitches. The front side shows a stylised coat of arms of the city of Glasgow, with the words 'Let Glasgow Flourish' below. On the other side is another coat of arms,with image at the top of a woman in green robes, flanked by a pair of wings, and standing on top of an armour helmet, with three green strands on either side as crest, per pale with woman holding a bird in one hand and resting her other on an anchor, whilst standing on a half globe. Quartered right side with double lion rampant with triple shells in white on wavy edged black with yellow band, below which is a Latin motto 'Dum Spiro Spero' ('while I breathe, I hope'). Underneath this motto is the inscription 'Rucker Glasgow 1901'. There is a blue silk cord threaded through the top of the banner, with tassels falling down the sides.

Place of Origin

Glasgow (made)

Date

1901 (made)

Artist/maker

Macbeth, Ann, born 1875 - died 1948 (embroiderer)
Newbery, Jessie, born 1864 - died 1948 (embroiderer)

Materials and Techniques

Hessian with applique linen, embroidered with metal threads and coloured silks

Marks and inscriptions

'LET GLASGOW FLOURISH'
On obverse, at bottom

'DUM SPIRO SPERO'
'While I breathe, I hope'
On reverse, below coat of arms

'RUCKER GLASGOW 1901'
On reverse, at bottom

Dimensions

Length: 1480 mm, Width: 880 mm, Height: 153 cm flat on table, Width: 89.5 cm flat on table

Object history note

This banner was presented in 1901 to Professor Rucker of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. The side showing the coat of arms of the city of Glasgow was designed by Ann Macbeth, the other side by Jessie Newbery. This banner has been on loan to the Museum since 2005, having originally been lent for the V&A exhibition International Arts and Crafts (RF 2004/275).

Descriptive line

Banner, designed and embroidered by Jessie Newbery and Ann Macbeth, 1901, Glasgow

Materials

Linen; Silk

Techniques

Applique; Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Bishops; Fish; Women; Trees; Coats of arms

Categories

Scotland; Textiles; Embroidery

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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