The Victoria and Albert Museum have informed me that the hanging was purchased from Sotheby's Belgravia in April 1978. It is 210cm x 180cm.
|Hanging by Godfrey Blount, 1896|
Victoria & Albert Museum
Linda Parry explains the evolution of bedroom style of the 1890s in the Textiles of the Arts & Crafts Movement (Thames & Hudson, 2005): "Printed cottons with white and pale grounds were increasingly used throughout the house, and more attention was given to bedrooms. Heal's, famed for its hygienic mattresses, sold a range of suitable bedroom furnishings including printed cotton and silk bedcovers. They also sold applique hangings from Haslemere which were acceptable hygienically because they were made from washable linen." At the Paris Exhibition in 1900 (Exposition Universelle), Heal's exhibited a pair of oak bedsteads with the "covers and hangings of Haslemere 'Peasant Tapestries'" (Parry, 2005).
|Godfrey Blount bedcovers and hangings, exhibited by Heal's at 1900 Paris Exhibition,|
Parry, Linda, Textiles of the Arts & Crafts Movement, Thames & Hudson, 2005
|Oak bedstead designed by Ethel Blount,|
Tapestries designed by Godfrey Blount
from Artist, vol. XX, 1897
|Godfrey Blount Drapery. |
Reproduced courtesy of Haslemere Educational Museum
Presumably the Victoria and Albert Museum's hanging at 210cm x 180cm would be too big to have formed a headboard, but perhaps it could have been for a bedspread? Or maybe it was just designed for a hanging.