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Copy of a tapestry - Head in No. 1 Tapestry
  • Head in No. 1 Tapestry
    Carter, John F.S.A, born 1748 - died 1817
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Head in No. 1 Tapestry

  • Object:

    Copy of a tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790-1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carter, John F.S.A, born 1748 - died 1817 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour drawing

  • Credit Line:

    From the Gardner and Coates collections

  • Museum number:

    E.2233-1924

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case T, shelf 10

Physical description

Watercolour drawing depicting heads in a 15th century tapestry that once hung in the Palace of Westminster, including Priam, a youth, Paris, a knight in armour, a lady in attendance on Hecuba, and Hecuba.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1790-1810 (made)

Artist/maker

Carter, John F.S.A, born 1748 - died 1817 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Object history note

The tapestries depicted were woven in Flanders in the last half of the 15th century. The five depicted were originally part of a series of eleven, known as 'The Great History of Troy'. Each panel contained two or three episodes taken from the 'Roman de Troie' by Benoit de Saint-More, published ca. 1164.

In 1789, several architects including Adam, Wyatt, and Dance, had reported to a committee of the Commons in favour of rebuilding the Palace of Westminster. By way of protest against this proposal, involving the removal of the tapestries, John Carter published a series of articles in 'Gentleman's Magazine' entitled 'The Pursuits of Architectural Innovation', under the anonymous nom de plume 'An Artist'. In spite of his protest the tapestries were removed and some years later were sold in 1820 for £10 to the late Charles Yarnold. After his death in 1825, they were included in a catalogue of Yarnold's curiosities and were bought by a Mr Matheman for £7. In the catalogue they were described as Plantagenet tapestries. Those depicted in E.2252 to 2254-1924 were bought for 60 guineas by a Mr Teschemacher and nothing is known of them after 1829.

Descriptive line

Drawing with inscription 'Head in No. 1 Tapestry' by John Carter F.S.A., ca. 1790-1810.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1924, published under the Authority of the Board of Education, London, 1926.

Materials

Watercolour

Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Tapestries; Chambers

Categories

Drawings; Tapestry; Textiles; Myths & Legends

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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