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Tapestry - Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Brussels (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700-20 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    van Orley, Jan (designer)
    de Vos, Judocus (weaver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    tapestry woven in wool and silk

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at Houghton Hall, Norfolk

These four Brussels tapestries are from a series depicting the story of Venus and Adonis, designed by the tapestry artist Jan van Orly using scenes from paintings by Francesco Albani. The same visual source was used for a series by the English tapestry weaver John Vanderbank. The Houghton tapestries are the only Brussels Venus and Adonis set remaining in England. They were located in the Green Bedchamber at Houghton at least as early as 1743.

On loan to Houghton Hall.

Physical description

Tapestry hanging woven in wool and silk.

Place of Origin

Brussels (made)


ca. 1700-20 (made)


van Orley, Jan (designer)
de Vos, Judocus (weaver)

Materials and Techniques

tapestry woven in wool and silk


Width: 255 cm

Object history note

Based on scenes from paintings by Francesco Albani.Hung in the Green Velvet Bedchamber at Houghton Hall since at least 1743

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Koenraad Brosens, "Brussels Tapestry Producer Judocus de Vos (1661/62-1734) - New Data and Design Attributions", in Studies in the Decorative Arts, Vol.IX, no. 2, Bard Graduate Centre, Spring/Summer 2002.


Wool; Silk



Subjects depicted

Putti; Romantic love


Wall coverings; Textiles; Tapestry


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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