Horizontal tapestry with forest scene. Three trees are depicted across the tapestry (pear, chestnut and oak) with dense foliage below and two rabbits, a fox and a deer. In the foreground are many flowering plants including foxgloves, strawberries, hawkweed, bouncing betty, red tulips, blue...
Horizontal tapestry with forest scene. Three trees are depicted across the tapestry (pear, chestnut and oak) with dense foliage below and two rabbits, a fox and a deer. In the foreground are many flowering plants including foxgloves, strawberries, hawkweed, bouncing betty, red tulips, blue daisies, and bluebells. A white convolvulus climbs the chestnut tree. Above each tree is a banner with an inscription written by William Morris in his "Verses for Pictures" published in 1891. Above the pear is the inscription, "By woodsman edge I faint and fail, by craftsman's edge I tell the tale." The chestnut tree bears the inscription: "High in the wood, high o'er the hall, aloft I rise, when low I fall." The oak tree bears the inscription: "Unmoved I stand what wind may blow, swift swift before the wind I go." The tapestry was commissioned in 1892 by Madeleine and Percy Wyndham for their country house Clouds, and woven at Merton Abbey by John Martin and William Sleath.
1892, the Hon. Percy Scawen Wyndham (b. 1835- d. 1911) and his wife Madeline (d. 1920), Clouds, East Knoyle, Wilshire (original commission); by descent to Dick Wyndham; June 1933, sold by Wyndham in the auction of the contents of Clouds by Knight, Frank and Rutley (frontispiece, lot 59, 'A Morris verdure tapestry, with deer, fox and rabbits') to Morris & Co. for 150 guineas; 1933, sold by Morris & Co. to Mrs. Lucius Gubbins (d. 1955), Eastbourne, East Sussex for 250 guineas [see note 1]; 1955-2004, by descent in the Gubbins family [see note 2]; November 21, 2006, sold at auction by Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, Scotland (lot 281) to Peter Petrou, London; sold by Petrou to the MFA. (Accession date: March 21, 2007) NOTES:  The tapestry was exhibited by Gubbins at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1934 as part of a retrospective exhibition on William Morris.  From 1970-2003, the tapestry was displayed at Crathes Castle, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, by Gubbins descendents.
Charles Potter Kling Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously and from Jody and Tom Gill, Suzanne Dworsky, Heidi Nitze, Mr. and Mrs. E. Lee Perry, Ann Clarkeson, Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, Inc., Lynne Rickabaugh, Penny Vinik, Brigitte Moufflet, Doris May, Mrs. I. W. Colburn, Kathleen Kemper, and Edith I. Welch