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Pomona

A work made of cotton, wool, and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cotton, wool, and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.

Date:

Figure design 1882, background design 1898, made 1906

Artist:

After designs by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (English, 1833–1898) and John Henry Dearle (English, 1860–1932)
Produced by Morris & Co., London (English, 1875-1940)
Woven by Walter Taylor (English, 1875–1965) and John Keich (English, active 1890s–1910)
Merton Abbey Tapestry Works, London (English, 1881–1940)

About this artwork

William Morris called tapestry weaving “the noblest of the weaving arts …in which nothing is mechanical.” The weaver’s skill in interpreting a complex and often delicate design was essential to creating a successful work. Tapestry weaving is slow and therefore expensive, which made such textiles inaccessible to most consumers.

The hanging of Pomona, the goddess of orchards and gardens, was paired with another tapestry depicting Flora, the goddess of flowering plants. The first version of this pair was woven in the mid-1880s with a bold background of large leaves designed by William Morris. Smaller versions were later produced with the millefleurs design in the background by John Henry Dearle. The floral background resulted in a more harmonious composition, as Dearle’s smaller flowers were better suited to the delicate rendering of the goddesses.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artists

Sir Edward Burne-Jones (Designer) , Morris & Co. (Producer) , Merton Abbey Works (Weaver) , John Henry Dearle (Designer) , Walter Taylor (Weaver) , John Keich (Weaver) , Merton Abbey Tapestry Works (Maker)

Title

Pomona, Pomona (from Flora and Pomona)

Places

London (Object made in), Merton Abbey Works (Object made in), Great Britain (Object made in), England (Artist's nationality)

Dates

Made 1906 , Designed 1882 , Designed 1898

Medium

Cotton, wool, and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave

Inscriptions

POMONA

Dimensions

92.9 × 165.1 cm (36 1/2 × 65 in.)

Credit Line

Ida E. S. Noyes Fund

Reference Number

1919.792

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