Designed by John Henry Dearle (British, 1860–1932)
Manufactured by Morris & Company
Weaving workshop at Merton Abbey Tapestry Works (British, founded 1881)
Woven by John Martin (British, active ca. 1884–after 1915)
British, Merton Abbey
Wool and silk
H. 83 1/2 x W. 185 in. (212.1 x 469.9 cm)
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1923
Not on view
This tapestry was woven at the Merton Abbey Tapestry Works. William Morris had founded the workshop at Merton, in Surrey, near London, in 1881 as part of his vision to use the integrity of medieval craftsmanship to revitalize the art and design of postindustrial Britain.
Although only woven in 1915, the design for this tapestry was made by John Henry Dearle in 1892, imitating William Morris's style in the trees and that of Philip Webb in the animals.
Inscription: Legends on scrolls: (above pear tree) By woodman's edge i faint and fail / by craftsman's edge i tell the tale; (above chestnut tree) High in the wood · high o'er the hall / aloft i rise · when low i fall; (above oak) Unmoved i stand · what wind may blow / swift swift before the wind i go
Marking: Lower guard, right edge: MERTON ABBEY 1915