Photograph

Bayeux Tapestry; Harold hunting; Harold sets off from Bosham; Harold apprehended by Count Vido; William hearing of Harold's capture; Harold handed to William; William and Harold going to Adpa; Harold rescues men from marsh; Conan escapes his castle; Swearing on the relics; Harold returns to Edward with head bowed; The death of Edward/comet/ghost ships; Boats, armour and weaponry being prepared; Landing at Pevensey; Feasting at Pevensey; Building a castle at Hastings; William interrogates Vital; Soldiers and horses; Battle charge; Battle scene; Normans think William has been killed; Harold takes an arrow in the eye; Battle of Hastings soldiers being stripped

1873 (Photographed)

Cundall & Co.

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E.573:25-2005 PDP

Photograph of the Bayeux Tapestry by Cundall & Co., 1873

Hand-coloured photograph of the Bayeux tapestry in 25 parts.

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered strip of linen telling the story of the events starting in 1064 that led up to the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It is made up of eight conjoined sections of different lengths and has been on permanent display as a whole in Bayeux, Normandy since 1842. In 1873 Cundall & Co. made photographs of the tapestry using the autotype (Woodburytyoe) process, for the Department of Science and Art to be issued through the Arundel Society. The prints are the same size as the tapestry and hand-coloured. The South Kensington Museum's copy was the model for a replica of the tapestry made in 1885 by a team of English women embroiderers under the direction of Elizabeth Wardle, which is now on display in the Museum of Reading.

In 1873 Joseph Cundall made photographs of the Bayeux Tapestry using the autotype (Woodburytyoe) process, for the Department of Science and Art to be issued through the Arundel Society. The prints are actual size and hand coloured. The tapestry is 214 feet long, by about 20 inches high and the photograph corresponds. It required 180 glass plates (20x15 inches). The V&A has two copies. This one, E.573:1 to 25-2005, exists in 25 separate rolls. The other copy, 201-1874, is fixed to a continuous roll backed onto linen and was at one time displayed in room 108 on a rolling mechanism which broke and was deemed too expensive to replace.

Location: Medieval and Renaissance, room 10, case DISCOVERY

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