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The Orchard

  • Object:

    Wall hanging

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    before 1890 (designed)
    1800s (made)
    1894 (embroidered)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, Mary (May), born 1862 - died 1938 (designer)
    Middlemore, Theodosia, born 1861 - died 1940 (embroiderer)

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.206&A-1965

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

before 1890 (designed)
1800s (made)
1894 (embroidered)

Artist/maker

Morris, Mary (May), born 1862 - died 1938 (designer)
Middlemore, Theodosia, born 1861 - died 1940 (embroiderer)

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'

Dimensions

Height: 108 in, Width: 69 in

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Silk; Material; Silk thread; Material

Techniques

Woven; Embroidering

Categories

Textiles; Wall coverings; Embroidery; Interiors

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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