This exquisite bag was on display in the "Pre-Raphaelite Sisters" exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery, London, 17 October 2019 – 26 January 2020, where it was one of the items included in order to show the artistry of the women associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. According to the V and A's production note:
It is likely that the embroidery for the bag was designed as well as worked by Jane Morris. It is stylistically similar to floral embelishment painted on a four page booklet of four pages of verse including a poem "Oneglia" given as a keepsake by Jane Morris to Rosalind Howard in 1878. This survives at Castle Howard.
Moreover, according to the gallery label in the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition, the flowers are "recognisable as pink fritillary and white eyebright ... ones that grew around the Morris summer home in Oxfordshire."
Embroidery was one of the more conventional ways for women to express themselves in art, and it reached a very high standard of excellence at this time. Jane Morris was known for her great skill in needlework. [Mouse over the text for links] — Jacqueline Banerjee