In 1890 William Knox D’Arcy commissioned Morris & Co to make him a set of six tapestries depicting scenes from the legend of King Arthur and the quest for the Holy Grail. The tapestries were to line the walls of his dining room at Stanmore Hall just outside London. Additional versions of the tapestries with minor variations were woven on commission by Morris & Co. over the next decade, and several of the tapestries can be viewed in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
The above tapestry is our own, it shows the central section of one of the scenes depicting The Attainment or The Achievement of the Holy Grail.
The Failure of Sir Gawaine
The arming and departure of the Knights
Detail of one of the verdures with Deer and Shields
The Arming of the Knights and its verdure panel in situ at Stanmore Hall 1898
The Attainment at Stanmore Hall. Here you can see the three angels that we have, but ours have minor variations in their wings to these.
The overall composition and figures for these tapestries were designed by Edward Burne-Jones, heraldry was done by William Morris, and the foreground florals and backgrounds by John Henry Dearle.
Textile historian Linda Parry wrote of the series “their design, decoration and weaving establish them, beyond doubt, as the most significant tapestry series woven in the nineteenth century.”
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