This map forms part of a series of four large tapestry maps commissioned by Ralph Sheldon for the family home in Weston Warwickshire.
Sheldon Tapestry Map, Gloucestershire by Richard Hyckes, c. 1590
© Bodleian Library
- Wool & silk
- 188 x 122.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £47,375 ( Total: £96,330)
- Acquired in:
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.