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No. VI

  • Object:

    Tapestry design

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1978 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Phillips, Tom, born 1937 (designer)
    Edinburgh Weavers (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil drawing and watercolour painting on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 7

Tom Phillips drew and painted this design in 1978. It is one of a series of five designs for the St Catherine's Wheel Tapestries. They hung in the Hall at St Catherine's College, Oxford. Phillips was a graduate of the College. He based this design on the wheel on which St Catherine of Alexandria was martyred in the 4th century. The Edinburgh Tapestry Co. wove the tapestries, which were completed in 1979.

Physical description

A vertical design of overlapping wheels. The wheels in the centre are in blues and greys. The wheels at the bottom centre and at the sides are in darker browns than the upper wheels which are in autumnal russet browns. The wheel have been drawn by using a compass because there is a compass mark in the centre of each circle.

Place of Origin

Britain (designed)


1978 (designed)


Phillips, Tom, born 1937 (designer)
Edinburgh Weavers (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil drawing and watercolour painting on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Sh{illegible inscription]s'
Unknown; Bottom right corner of front of design.; Handwriting; Pencil


Height: 38 cm, Width: 18 cm

Object history note

This design is one of a series of five for the three tapestries which were designed by Tom Phillips, a graduate of St. Catherine's College, Oxford and made under his direction by the Edinburgh Tapestry Company Ltd., Dovecot Studios, Dovecot Road, Edinburgh. This design is based on one of the versions of the legend of St. Catherine of Alexandria. St. Catherine was martyred in the 4th Century. The design shows the St. Catherine wheel motif. The tapestries were for the Hall at St. Catherine's College.

Descriptive line

Tom Phillips. 'No. 6' Design for tapestry for St. Catherine's College. Made by Edinburgh Weavers Ltd. British, 1978

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

Mulberg, Colin. A Teacher's Guide to Using the Print Room. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A Education series, 1995. 5. p. ill. ISBN 1 85177 1557.
John Murdoch and Susan Lambert, Summary Catalogue of Textile Designs 1840-1985 in the V. & A. Museum and colour microfiche, Surrey: Emmett Microform, 1986

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Pencil; Watercolour


Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Martyrdom; Composite overlay pattern; Wheel


Tapestry; Textiles; Designs; Drawings; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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