Coventry Cathedral Tapestry, c.1951
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.
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.
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