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‘Honour to the Women who braid and weave heavenly roses into earthly life’.
Figures from left to right: Courage, Faith, Madonna/Love, Wisdom & Fidelity.
In 1912 Marianne started to design a tapestry Ehret die Fauen for Morris and Company, which by then was under the charge of Henry Currie Marillier (1865-1951). One of the last to be completed before the tapestry weaving section at Merton Abbey closed down as war approached, it was woven by B. John Martin, who had been with the firm from the very beginning. Assisted by Berry they followed a full-scale cartoon painted by Marianne in tempera.
This is the original work for that tapestry.
The border has been changed, as witnessed by the reproduction of the cartoon in The Studio of 1914.
The tapestry was exhibited at the Arts and Crafts Exhibiting Society, tenth exhibition, at the Grosvenor Gallery form November 1912 until January 1913, then in the British Arts and Crafts Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition, Ghent in 1913, whose contents travelled on to Paris in 1914. C.H. St John Hornby was the Society’s treasurer and May Morris was a member of the hanging and selection committee.
|Height||42.50 inch||(107.95 cm)|
|Width||62.00 inch||(157.48 cm)|