French Tapestry and Illustration
For this exhibition, a highly significant bequest of eight French 20th century Aubusson tapestries is linked with a gift from the Walter Strachan Archive. Strachan (1903-1994) was a teacher, translator, poet, Francophile and promoter of the arts, known especially as the "defender in England of the livre d’artiste". His links with the tapestry makers Lurcat and Prassinos make it particularly appropriate for a combined display of tapestries and his archives, which will include illustrations from livres d’artiste, menus and cartes de voeux. Strachan’s wide connections in artistic circles will be reflected in the exhibition and will feature original art work by Henry Moore and Abram Krol among others.
Tue 12 February 2008 to Sun 11 May 2008
Octagon (Gallery 10)