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  • Place of origin:

    Glasgow (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Macbeth, Ann, born 1875 - died 1948 (designer)
    Macbeth, Ann, born 1875 - died 1948 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered linen, appliquéd

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs M. M. Sturrock and Mrs Lang

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Embroidered textiles played an important part in artistic schemes for interiors in the early 20th century. This linen tablecloth was worked by Ann Macbeth in about 1900. It exhibits many of the characteristics associated with the Glasgow School. Its colouring is muted and it is decorated with stylised roses and leaves appliqué in shades of green and cream linen, outlined in satin stitch worked in shades of white and green silk. The design is simple but graphic, and the materials and method of contruction and decoration are practical and functional.

Ann Macbeth (1875-1948) enrolled as a student in the Embroidery and Needlework Department at the Glasgow School of Art in 1897. Following the retirement of Jessie Newbery, for whom she had acted as Assistant Instructress since 1901, she became Head of the department in 1908. She was a talented embroiderer but her importance, and international recognition, lie in her contribution to needlework education, particularly for children. The system she developed was devised to gradually build a child's skills and teach hand and eye coordination without stifling imagination and enthusiasm.

Physical description

Tablecloth of embroidered linen in blue on a grey-green ground. With a design of stylised roses and leaves appliquéd in shades of green and cream linen with the outlines in satin stitch in shades of white and green silk. With a wide green linen border hemstitched.

Place of Origin

Glasgow (made)


ca. 1900 (made)


Macbeth, Ann, born 1875 - died 1948 (designer)
Macbeth, Ann, born 1875 - died 1948 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered linen, appliquéd


Length: 138 cm, Width: 128 cm, Length: 54.25 in, Width: 50.25 in, Height: 142.5 cm center of tabelcloth, Width: 138.5 cm widest part across center

Descriptive line

Tablecloth of embroidered linen, designed and made by Ann Macbeth, Glasgow, ca. 1900


Linen; Silk


Embroidery; Hand sewing

Subjects depicted



Embroidery; Textiles; Tableware & cutlery; Interiors; Scotland


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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