Tapestries from the Burrell Collection, by Elizabeth Cleland & Lorraine Karafel
A landmark publication in the field of textile history.
The magnificent collection of some 200 European, mainly medieval, tapestries acquired by Glasgow shipping magnate Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) is one of the largest and most important tapestry collections in the world.
This highly illustrated scholarly catalogue provides full details of place and date of production, materials and technique, provenance and exhibition history.
Each entry contains a detailed description of subject matter and interpretation of the iconography and is illustrated with a full colour image plus details and comparative illustrations where appropriate.
The catalogue is prefaced by an essay on Burrell as a collector of tapestries and another on the history of the maintenance and care of tapestries. Appendices provide details of the dealers from whom Burrell bought the tapestries and on other noted collectors. An illustrated conservation essay, a glossary, a full bibliography and an index complete the volume.
The resulting work provides a record of a major collection which will become a benchmark for future research and interpretation of tapestries of the period.