Embroidery panel: Judith with the head of Holofernes by Unknown Artist

The Burrell Collection is acknowledged as being one of the leading collections of seventeenth century British embroidery, with embroidered and raised work being an area of outstanding significance.


Silk, metal in tortoiseshell frame
42 x 53 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £55,000)
Acquired in:
Witney Antiques

This raised work panel is of a very high quality, both in its draughtsmanship and execution. The central panel depicts Judith dressed in antique costume holding a large-scale head of Holofernes, the Assyrian general who was besieging her town. A wide border surrounds the scene with several animals in raised and padded work. The panel also has the Lloyd family of Flintshire coat of arms which makes it even more pertinent to The Burrell Collection. Sir William Burrell had a particular interest in heraldry and collected many items depicting coats of arms.


Luke Lloyd of Bryn (died 1695). The work has been vetted by the Art Loss Register.

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Burrell Collection Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, GLASGOW Strathclyde G43 1AT 0141 287 2550 www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/burrell-collection

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