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Tapestry panel
  • Tapestry panel
    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896
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Tapestry panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)
    Dearle, John Henry, born 1859 - died 1932 (designer)
    Merton Abbey Workshop (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven wool on a cotton warp

  • Museum number:

    T.111-1986

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Panel of woven tapestry with a high warp, woven in wools on a cotton warp. The horizontal panel shows a design of one curving and twisting acanthus leaf in shades of blue and grey-green on a dark blue indigo ground. The background is shaded in stripes of lighter blue. Lower fringe of warp threads and the upper border has been cut close to the weaving.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)
Dearle, John Henry, born 1859 - died 1932 (designer)
Merton Abbey Workshop (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven wool on a cotton warp

Dimensions

Height: 54.6 cm, Width: 156.2 cm, Width: 17 in, Height: 46 in

Object history note

Registered File number 1986/834.
Probably an apprentice piece worked at the Merton Abbey Works of Morris & Co. Apprentices were set small trials initially progressing to finished panels of simple design. They would then help in the weaving of full-scale tapestries. This panel is similar in style and the use of indigo dyed wools to the tapestries at Merton Abbey, and may have been taken from a tapestry border design.

Descriptive line

Panel of woven tapestry, possibly designed by William Morris or John Henry Dearle, woven at Merton Abbey Works, England, ca.1890

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

M.21
Parry, Linda (ed.), William Morris London : Philip Wilson, 1996

Materials

Wool (textile); Cotton thread

Techniques

Tapestry

Subjects depicted

Acanthus leaf

Categories

Tapestry; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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