Sunday, 23 March 2008

Burne-Jones' Tapestry

Sir Edward Burne-Jones - The AttainmentHere's another story I skipped. This Pre-Raphaelite tapestry The Attainment, designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and woven at William Morris's workshop, shows a scene from the legend of King Arthur and the quest for the Holy Grail. Bids at Sotheby’s London auction on Thursday failed to meet its reserve price of £1m. That's greed for you. It was bought for £40,000 30 years ago and was recently valued at between £60,000 and £80,000. Why not donate it to the William Morris Gallery (with safeguards)? You can't take it with you when you go, Jimmy. For recent BBC News coverage of the protests against council mismanagement of the William Morris Gallery, click the title link.


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