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Tapestry: The Arming of the King

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The original drawing entitled "The Arming of the King" was published in Punch on June 7th, 1911 to commemorate the Coronation of George V. It was from this that the artist, Sir Bernard Partridge, gained the commission in 1912 to prepare the cartoon for the tapestry. The tapestry depicts George V...

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1914 until at least 1922, Morris and Co., London [see note 1]. January 22, 1986, anonymous ("property of a gentleman") sale, Christie's, London, lot 191. Acquired on the London art market by S. Franses and Co., London; 2002, sold by Franses to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 20, 2002) NOTES: [1] See Linda Parry, "The revival of the Merton Abbey Tapestry Works," Journal of the William Morris Society, vol. 5, no. 3 (Summer, 1983), p. 19 and p. 22, n. 9.

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund

English, 1912–14

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Overall: 330.2 x 431.8 cm (130 x 170 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wool and silk, tapestry weave


Textiles and Fashion Arts