William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones
The Pomona tapestry is a Morris & Co tapestry by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones who made several versions of Pomona, an autumnal goddess figure, in the 1880’s, Morris excelling in the background design and Burne-Jones in the figure. This combined historical and allegorical figure is set upon a floral background inspired by medieval “mille fleurs”. The original would have been woven at the Morris & Co tapestry weaving workshops at Merton Abbey.
Pomona is featured in Verses for Pictures in William Morris’s “Poems by the Way”:
I am the ancient Apple-Queen,
As once I was so am I now.
For evermore a hope unseen,
Betwixt the blossom and the bough.
Ah, where’s the river’s hidden Gold!
And where the windy grave of Troy?
Yet come I as I came of old,
From out the heart of Summer’s joy.
The Pomona tapestry is woven now in France in 80% cotton and 20% viscose and is lined, with a rod pocket for easy hanging. We enclose hanging suggestions with every order.
Please note that the above and below images show the larger size. The smaller size has a slightly lighter colour.