Godiva

Woven by John Ratliff

Reference Number:-    
ora 4    
 

 
large woven ribbon titled Godiva, with extract of Tennyson poem

Words:

{woven on silk:}
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
{circle with word:}     
  Godiva    T
 
he woman of a thousand summers back
, wife to that grim Earl, who ruled
 
n Coventry: for when he laid a tax
 
pon his town, she told him of their tears,
 
 

 
e answered, Ride you naked thro' the town
 
nd I repeal it.
 
 

 
hen rode she forth, clothed on with chastity,
 
 

 
hen rode she back, clothed on with chastity.
 
 

 
 
then she gained     
 
er bower; whence reissuing robed + crowned
 
o meet her Lord, she took the tax away,
 
nd built herself an everlasting name.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Ratliff & Son Manufacturers Coventry
 
 
Size:
Of silk : 35.0cm high by 19.5cm wide
Of card mount: cm high by cm wide
Comments:
signed: " John Ratliff & Son Manufacturers Coventry " woven on the front.
 
The poem is an extract of the Tennyson poem, written in 1840. The silk panel above though is thought to have been made for the International Exhibition of 1862.
 
close up of Ratliff woven name
close up of John Ratliff woven name at foot of silk panel
 

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