Ecclesiastical Embroidery

Design attributed to Walter Crane, 1845 - 1915

Made in England, Europe

c. 1896

Linen and cotton plain weave with silk embroidery in blanket, chain, couching, outline, stem, satin, daisy, feather, and point russe stitches, bullion knots, and variations of herringbone, loop, square boss, rich buttonhole, open buttonhole filling, knotted buttonhole filling, and honeycomb filling stitches

59 x 63 1/4 inches (149.9 x 160.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988

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The artist and illustrator Walter Crane may have designed this embroidery for the Church of the Ark of the Covenant in London. Crane was an artist of the Arts and Crafts movement, which began in Britain under the leadership of the artist and writer William Morris (1834–1896). The movement responded to the uninventive mass-produced embroideries of the period and called for a return to traditional craft methods. Crane’s embroidery contains illustrated passages from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer that call for Earth’s creatures to praise God.