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Peony

A work made of cotton ground, silk threads.

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  • A work made of cotton ground, silk threads.

Date:

Design 1885–90, made 1905–17

Artist:

Designed by John Henry Dearle (English, 1860-1932)
Produced by Morris & Co., London (English, 1875–1940)
Partially worked by Lady Phipson Beale (English, 1874–1963)

About this artwork

One of the most popular products of May Morris’s embroidery division were kits, which contained fabric marked with a design and the recommended embroidery thread. These kits allowed amateur embroiderers to have the satisfaction of making a beautiful object with their own hands. John Henry Dearle’s original drawing for Peony is annotated on the back by May Morris, who suggested the most appropriate use for the panel as part of a room divider screen.

Status

On View, Gallery 59

Department

Textiles

Artists

John Henry Dearle (Designer) , Morris & Co. (Producer)

Title

Peony

Places

England (Object made in), London (Object designed in), Great Britain (Object made in)

Dates

Made 1905-1917 , Designed 1885-1890

Medium

Cotton ground, silk threads

Dimensions

156.5 × 66.4 cm (61 5/8 × 26 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Crab Tree Farm Foundation

Reference Number

2018.843

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