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Tapestry - The Orchard
  • The Orchard
    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896
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The Orchard

  • Object:

    Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)
    Dearle, John Henry, born 1860 - died 1932 (designer)
    Morris & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven in wool, silk and mohair on a cotton warp

  • Museum number:

    154-1898

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Orchard was William Morris' first attempt to design a figurative tapestry, responding to the wishes of rich clients to have unique works of art by him, and following on from the success of his firm of Morris & Co in producing fine tapestries designed by the artist Edward Burne-Jones. It depicts an array of fruit trees with their harvest ready for gathering, including apples, grapes, olives and pears, behind a row of figures in medieval-style dress.

The figures are holding a scrolling banner with a poem composed by Morris, written especially for the tapestry, and celebrating the bounty of the orchard, and the rhythm of the seasons.

Physical description

Tapestry showing four figures against a foliate background

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)
Dearle, John Henry, born 1860 - died 1932 (designer)
Morris & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven in wool, silk and mohair on a cotton warp

Dimensions

Height: 221 cm, Length: 472 cm

Object history note

Purchased for £405 from Morris & Co by the V&A in 1898, on the recommendation of J. H. Pollen and the Earl of Carlisle.

Descriptive line

Tapestry, The Orchard, designed by William Morris, wool & silk, Britain, 1890

Materials

Wool; Cotton; Mohair; Silk thread

Techniques

Tapestry

Subjects depicted

Nature; Fruit

Categories

Images Online; Tapestry; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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