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tapestry / screen

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  • Description

    Panel, tent stitich embroidery on linen with wool and silk thread.Scenes from the life of Abraham as recounted in Genesis in the Bible. At centre, Abraham and the three angels predicting the birth of Isaac to the elderly Sarah; Sarah and Isaac, Abraham and Isaac, Hagar and Ishmael (?). Figures in Stuart dress; dated in glass beads in middle of scenes, worn.


  • Date

    • 1632 (?)
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 32.5 inches
    • Width: 21 inches
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Comment

        sewn in glass beads, 6 missing but its traces clearly visible
  • Curator's comments

    Compare large panel, probably a long cushion cover like this, in MMA with life of Abraham in similar episodes. The MMA panel is based on engravings by Marten de Vos from Gerard de Jode 1585 edition of Thesaurus Sacrarum Historiarum Testamenti, see Twixt Art and nature, ex cat MMA 2009, no. 58. Other panels after same prints show popularity of this story, probably with women consumers. MMA catalogue above lists exmples in VAM, Burrell and Lever. Also one sold by Witney Antiques in Summer 2009 from collection of Sir Frederick Richmond, Bt.,. DFT


  • Location

    Not on display

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  • Acquisition notes

    As Brandeston Hall screen in Arabella Revett's will--probably a fire screen at the Revett family seat, Brandeston Hall in Suffolk, which burnt down in 1847. The Revetts had sold up the year before. The Hall was rebuilt and is now a prepschool for Framlingham College.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Tapestry screen; 1632

Tapestry screen; 1632

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