Costume and Textiles
Made in England, Europe
Design attributed to Walter Crane, English, 1845 - 1915
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
Currently not on view
1988-7-2Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988
LabelThe 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.