By Edwin J Hutchison on May 3rd, 2013.
As part of my postgraduate MLitt in Technical Art History, I undertook a work placement with the Special Collections Department: based in the Conservation Studio and supervised by Louise Robertson – the University Paper Conservator: My brief was to research the seventeenth-century embroidered bindings which decorated Holy Bibles and a Whole Book of Psalms, and to produce an online exhibition.
There was substantial growth of the art of embroidery in Elizabethan and Stuart England for religious and secular use. The middle ranks of society sought to exhibit their wealth in displays of high quality embroidery on clothes, household objects: mirrors, caskets and books. Embroidery was practiced by a wide range of people: paid professionals and talented amateurs, men, women and young girls – those who excelled at it were seen as being pious and diligent.
Embroidered book bindings were, with…
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