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The Orchard

Wall Hanging
before 1890 (designed), 1800s (made), 1894 (embroidered)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Silk taffeta ground embroidered with coloured silk
Worked in darning stitch, stem stitch, herringbone stitch, buttonhole stitch, pistil stitch and laid work
a long strip of blue tape sewn with metal rings and beige cord.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Hanging
  • Tape
Additional TitleA Fruit Garden (assigned by artist)
Materials and Techniques
Brief Description
Wall hanging, portière, 'The Orchard' or 'Fruit Garden' of silk taffeta in coloured silks, and strip of tape, designed by May Morris, embroidered by Theodosia Middlemore, Great Britain, 1894
Physical Description
Silk taffeta ground embroidered with coloured silk

Worked in darning stitch, stem stitch, herringbone stitch, buttonhole stitch, pistil stitch and laid work

a long strip of blue tape sewn with metal rings and beige cord.
Dimensions
  • Height: 108in (Note: Taken from RF)
  • Width: 69in (Note: Taken from RF)
Marks and Inscriptions
Embroidered motto: 'Lo waneth the Summer the apple boughs fade Yet fair still my garden twixt sunlight & shade' signed and dated: 'Theodosia/1894'
Bibliographic Reference
Silk: Fibre, Fabric and Fashion, edited by Lesley Ellis Miller and Ana Cabrera Lafuente with Claire Allen-Johnstone, Thames and Hudson Ltd. in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom, 2021, pp. 428-429
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.206&A-1965

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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