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Coventry Cathedral Tapestry

Item Code: GS-silk-cov
Medium
Silk Tapestry
Date of Work
c.1962
Height (cm)
13
Width (cm)
7.5
Subject
Religious
Base price $1,566
Includes free framing and UK delivery
Highly sought after miniature silk tapestry woven by J & J Cash limited, weavers of Coventry.

In November 1951, Basil Spence, the architect of the new Coventry Cathedral, asked Graham Sutherland to design a tapestry to hang behind the altar. Over the course of ten years, Sutherland made studies of each part of the tapestry until he and the Cathedral Reconstruction Committee were happy with the design.

The tapestry of 'Christ in Glory' has hung in Coventry's cathedral since the building was consecrated in 1962. Standing 23 metres high and 11 metres wide, it is the largest tapestry in the world.

Graham Sutherland PortraitGraham Sutherland was born in 1903 in Streatham. He attended Epsom School and then studied art at Goldsmith’s School of Art (1921-26) where he quickly became a highly skilled etcher. As an official War Artist, Sutherland depicted bomb damage in London but it was not until after the war that he started to become really well known. He was awarded the Order of Merit in 1960 and died in London in 1980.

In his work Sutherland developed an interest in natural forms of growth such as tree roots and thorn bushes which he often depicted in close-up or from foreshortened viewpoints. These organic growth formations, which remained central to Sutherland’s work throughout his career, often appeared menacing or threatening with their hints of human or animal like characteristics.
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