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Wool Work: A Sailor’s Art

Sat 26 March 2011, 11.00amSun 5 June 2011, 5.00pm

“This is embroidery, but not as we know it” Charles Darwent, The Independent.

Explore the links between sailors, art and craft through the history of the embroidered wool pictures made by sailors in the 19th century. Starting with items in Compton Verney’s own Folk Art collection, the exhibition will reveal how sailors used sources, from ship portraits to flags, and great individual expression to produce remarkable personal tributes to the ships on which they sailed and to their own maritime histories.