The Art of Tapestry
Helen Wyld explores the history of tapestry in Britain and Europe from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries through the National Trust’s outstanding collection.
The book includes individual entries on 50 of the National Trust’s most important tapestries and an introduction tracing the history of its production and patronage. This specific history is situated in a European context with sections on tapestry production and design in the Netherlands, France, and elsewhere. Tapestry has always been an international medium, bringing together weavers, designers, patrons, and raw materials of diverse origins, and the book reflects this by placing English production and patronage firmly within a European context.
Helen Wyld, historian, researcher, and senior curator researched the National Trust’s tapestry collection for four years before writing this book.
- 256 pages
Another set of important French Gobelin tapestries explored in this book can be seen in the Red Tapestry Room during Welbeck Abbey Spring and Summer tours. In addition, three seventeenth century Flemish tapestries woven by the Wauters Studio can be seen in our current exhibition Unseen Treasures.
Learn more about the making of tapesrties in this article by Gallery Manager, Susan Sherrit.