Design for Lamb and Flag embroidered altar frontal by Philip Webb, 1868

Design for altar frontal embroidery at Llandaff Cathedral. Detailed study of a lamb, a nimbus around its head, supporting the base of an upright wooden staff. In the late 1860s Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co was commissioned to provide stained glass and other furnishings and decoration at Llandaff Cathedral. These included an altar frontal, designed by Philip Webb; the lamb and flag are its central elements. The altar frontal was embroidered to Webb’s design by Bessie Burden, who was the younger sister of William Morris’s wife Jane. Both Jane and Bessie were highly skilled needlewomen and embroidered many commissions for Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.. See 'English Church Embroidery 1833-1953: The Watts Book of Embroidery' by Mary Schoeser et al (London: Watts & Co. 1998)

Record ID:D89
Measurement:80 x 81 cm
Inscription:Inscription in recto: No 45 Embroidery Portfolio (ink) altar cloth (pencil)
Classification:Original designs
Artist:Webb, Philip
Medium:Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper
Date:1868