Musician angel

Angel designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Mille-fleur background designed by J. H. Dearle

Manufactured by Morris & Co.


All Saints' Church, Brockhampton, Herefordshire

One of a pair either side of the altar, woven for Ebenezer Jordan in memory of his parents. This one is on the left. Each is one part of the design entitled Angeli Laudantes, originally made in 1878 for stained glass, specifically for two lancets at Salisbury Cathedral. Morris, who had long been committed to weaving, especially after moving to Merton Abbey in 1881, used the design to great effect in tapestries too, with Dearle adding the enchanting background (see Cooper 200). This is so appropriate in All Saints', a country church where (for example) wild flowers are carved on the choir stalls.

Photograph © Philip Pankhurst, modified for perspective; it may be reproduced with attribution on this Creative Commons Licence.

Text by Jacqueline Banerjee. [Click on the image to enlarge it and mouse over the text for links.]