Tapestry featuring scenes of a Boar and Bear Hunt
(One of the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries)
About the late 1420s
Tapestry woven with wool warp and weft
Height 4.065 m Length 10.211
Museum No. T.204-1957
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax payable on the estate of the 10th Duke of Devonshire and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum
Tapestries were like this required a great deal of skill and time to produce. The best examples very were costly and proclaimed the wealth and status of the owner. Tapestries suited the life of the rich as they could be rolled and transported when princes and nobles moved from residence to residence. The interests of the time are reflected in the hunting activities this tapestry depicts. The sumptuous dress worn by the figures indicates that these scenes are idealised as it is unlikely that people would hunt in clothes as luxurious as these. The artist who designed the tapestry has not drawn inspiration from Classical Rome for the scenes. Instead these display the elongated forms and crowded, less realistic compositions of the style labelled 'Gothic'. This style remained popular in the 1300s and 1400s.