A research student cataloguing the Penrhyn Castle Papers held at Bangor University has proved that Morris and Co’s Cross Twigs textile pattern was produced five years earlier than experts had previously believed.
Catrin Wager has discovered invoices which show that the material was used for the hangings on a bed prepared for the then Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, when he visited the castle in 1894.
In total, Lord and Lady Penrhyn spent a princely £845 on wallpapers and textiles from Morris & Co when they refurbished the castle to welcome their royal guest.
The new information has thrilled Linda Parry who is currently revising her book, William Morris Textiles, for republication by the V&A next year. Ms Parry has given several illustrated lectures for the Friends.
For more, see http://www.bangor.ac.uk/news/full.php.en?nid=8037&tnid=8037.
June 14, 2012 | Category: News | no responses