Hand-embroidered and stencilled panel illustrating The Faerie Queene.
[Together with:] Stories from The Faerie Queen Told to the Children by Jeanie Lang, with pictures by Rose le Quesne. London: T. C. & E. C. Jack, .c.1910 Stock Code: 136011
NotesAn attractive amateur hand-embroidered panel featuring scenes from Spenser's Faerie Queene, a piece that captures the aesthetics and interests of the arts and crafts movement in a charmingly childlike manner. The hanging was likely created as embroidery practice; the images mostly follow the illustrations of Rose le Quesne featured in Jeanie Lang's Stories from The Faerie Queen (1906), a retelling expressly designed to bring the stories to a young audience.
The piece is divided into two. The left side lists the virtues of Holiness, Temperance, Chastity, Friendship, Justice, and Courtesy beneath the names of heroes St George, Sir Guyon, Britomart, and Sir Artegall. The right side lists the vices of Hypocrisy, Falsehood, Treachery, Pride, Mammon, and Idleness beneath the names of villains Duessa, Archimago, Sir Turpine, and Acrasia. The panels from left to right depict the stories of Una and the Lion, St George and the Dragon, Britomart and the Magic Mirror, The Quest of Sir Guyon, Pastorella, and Cambell and the Triamond, following their order in Lang's retelling. Only St George and the Dragon differs slightly from Le Quesne's designs, depicting St George on horseback more in the style of Walter Crane's depiction of the fight in his edition of The Faerie Queen (18957). For the two designs featuring Britomart, Rose le Quesne "like several other artists, made Britomart a stunning pre-Raphaelite beauty with auburn hair and a soulful expression, as she reacts to the magic mirror" (Richmond, p. 95).
The hanging is offered together with a copy of Stories from The Faerie Queen Told to the Children.
Large fabric hanging (222 66 cm), hand-stitched and painted in six panels. Lang: small quarto, original black cloth, titles and decoration to spine and front cover in gilt, illustrated paper panel to front cover showing Una and the Lion, top edge gilt, other untrimmed. Housed in a black archival folding box.
Frontispiece and 7 plates by Rose le Quesne.
A spray of rust spots to top edge; remarkably well-preserved; bookplates of Harold Edgar Melville (1896–1925) and a gift inscription to the same from his mother, Louisa Gertrude, to the front endpapers.
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