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Madonna

Picture
1932-1933 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Embroidered picture of the head of the Virgin Mary in gold, copper and silver metal threads, and wearing a crown, halo and an elaborately interlaced hairstyle.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Metal thread embroidery
Brief Description
Embroidered picture of the Virgin Mary in metal threads, designed and made by Beryl Dean, Bromley, 1932-1933
Physical Description
Embroidered picture of the head of the Virgin Mary in gold, copper and silver metal threads, and wearing a crown, halo and an elaborately interlaced hairstyle.
Dimensions
  • Framed width: 33cm
  • Framed height: 37cm
  • Framed depth: 6cm
  • Actual embroidery width: 18cm
  • Actual embroidery height: 22cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Credit line
Given by the maker
Object history
Notes taken from an interview with Beryl Dean on 13 December 1996, when she was 86 years old: This panel was worked when Beryl Dean was at Bromley School of Art. She had bought the collection of gold threads for 10/- and this inspired the work. She had learned gold-work techniques at the Royal School of Needlework but was told by an Inspector of Art as soon as she started at Bromley to forget everything she had previously learned [apart from the technique].
Subject depicted
Collection
Accession Number
T.151-1997

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record createdAugust 2, 2002
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