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Tapestry

Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    mid 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven in wool and silk

  • Museum number:

    T.261-1960

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This map of Worcestershire and the adjacent counties was woven in tapestry. It is an updated 17th century version of an earlier tapestry commissioned by Ralph Sheldon (1537-1613) around 1590, possibly damaged in the Civil Wars (1642-47) when the family's house at Weston was pillaged. The cartographic details remained unchanged, but the Elizabethan decorative scheme was altered. Here, the arms of William Sheldon (?1500-1570) and his wife, Mary Willington, were placed in the upper left corner and the arms of Worcester city balanced them on the right.

All the tapestries hung at Weston until the contents were sold in 1781. Three were bought by Horace Walpole, who gave this one and two others to Lord Harcourt of Nuneham Courtenay. His heir presented them to the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, from where this tapestry was on loan for many years, and eventually acquired by the Museum in 1960.

Physical description

Map of Worcestershire tapestry woven in wool and silk. Also showing the surrounding counties. In the centre of the top border is an oval shield flanked by putti with fruit. In the lower border is Neptune with a trident.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

mid 17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven in wool and silk

Marks and inscriptions

'LOCUPLETATA / WIGORN COMI RIG HYCKES'
Inscribed below a pair of dividers on the lower left

Dimensions

Width: 604 cm top edge, Width: 605 cm bottom edge, Height: 397 cm left side, Height: 393 cm right side, Weight: 48 kg

Object history note

One of three tapestry maps with plain 'picture frame' borders, one of which (Oxford and Berkshire) has the arms of Ralph Sheldon the younger (1623-1684), which came from the sale of Weston Park in Warwickshire in 1781.

Descriptive line

Map of Worcestershire tapestry woven in wool and silk, England, mid 17th century

Techniques

Tapestry

Categories

Tapestry; Textiles; Wall coverings; Maps

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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