Charming ‘Royal College of Needle Art’ Wool and Silk Tapestry
This is a very early tapestry with the ‘Royal College of Needle Art’ label on the reverse. We have made contact with them and it’s an early label from when they opened in 1876 and was issuing needlepoint works and providing a cleaning service for other tapestry works.
They have dated this tapestry between 1700s -1800s
The RSN began as the School of Art Needlework in 1872, founded by Lady Victoria Welby. The first President was Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, Queen Victoria’s third daughter, known to the RSN as Princess Helena. She received help from William Morris and many of his friends in the Arts and Crafts movement. The School received its royal prefix in March 1875 when Queen Victoria consented to become its first patron. It was also an inspiration to Dora Wemyss, who founded the Wemyss School of Needlework in Scotland in its image. The word “Art” was dropped from the school’s title in 1922.
Tapestey is in very good for age – board has a split but you couldn’t tell when the tapestry is hung.
Colours in the wool and silk are still very vibrant.
Height: 58 cm
Width: 48 cm