Sheldon Tapestry Map, Gloucestershire by Richard Hyckes

This map forms part of a series of four large tapestry maps commissioned by Ralph Sheldon for the family home in Weston Warwickshire.

Details

Medium:
Wool & silk
Dimensions:
188 x 122.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£47,375 ( Total: £96,330)
Acquired in:
2007
Vendor:
Christie's

Three of the original four are now owned by the Bodleian Library. They form a unique representation of the landscape of the midland counties of England at a period when cartography was still in its infancy. Hyckes was later to create tapestries for the Queen, which suggests that the Sheldon tapestries set a fashion that then became very popular in elite circles in England. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

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