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Merlin

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1863 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (Sir), born 1833 - died 1898 (designer)
    Burne-Jones, Georgiana (Lady), born 1840 - died 1920 (embroiderer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen ground, painted with watercolour, embroidered with wools and couched gold thread, and satin stitching and French knots

  • Museum number:

    T.118-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Panel of embroidered and cut-out figure of Merlin worked in wools and couched gold thread onto a linen ground. The embroidery has a backing edge, which covers the head, of green woollen serge. The figure is dressed in a brown medieval robe with hanging sleeves. He wears a tall hat and carries a globe. There is a girdle at his waist in green and white. The embroidery is worked in long and short stitches in thick wools, and there is some satin stitching and French knots making up the waist girdle and the globe is circled with couched gold thread. The figure has been embroidered and cut-out in preparation for being applied to another ground. Painted with watercolour.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1863 (made)

Artist/maker

Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (Sir), born 1833 - died 1898 (designer)
Burne-Jones, Georgiana (Lady), born 1840 - died 1920 (embroiderer)

Materials and Techniques

Linen ground, painted with watercolour, embroidered with wools and couched gold thread, and satin stitching and French knots

Dimensions

Height: 72.3 cm, Height: 28.5 in

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/326. The source for this and other embroideries in the set (see T.118 to T.124-1985) is unknown. In 1863 Edward Burne-Jones drew a design to be made up in embroidered panels for his home at 62 Great Russell Street (Whitworth Art Gallery D.73.1927 verso). The series depicted Arthurian figures and this embroidery corresponds with the drawing. It is likely that the panel was embroidered by Georgiana Burne-Jones or another member of the Burne-Jones family (see T.199 to T.121-1985 for other figures in the series).

Descriptive line

Panel of embroidered and cut-out figure of Merlin, designed by Edward Burne-Jones, probably embroidered by Georgiana Burne-Jones, England, 1863.

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

Parry, Linda, ed. William Morris. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, 1996. 384 p., ill. ISBN 0856674419
Parry, Linda. William Morris Textiles, 1983, pp.14, 15
Dufty, A.R. Morris Embroideries: The Prototypes, 1985.

Materials

Linen (material); Wool yarn; Gold thread

Techniques

Embroidering; Painted; Couched; Sewing; Knotting

Subjects depicted

Globe

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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