Mending the Tapestry
Daniel Pasmore the elder (fl.1829-1865)
Paintings were often used as part of a dowry and this one is no exception. It formed part of the marriage dowry of Laura Arbuthnot, later Lady Conyngham, to Sir William Fitzwilliam Lenox-Conyngham. The painting itself is fairly well-known, having appeared on the cover of the penguin classic version of Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. It hangs in Springhill's library, which is quite apt, given that Charlotte's heroine was known for her love of books. Indeed she would have probably approved of Springhill's magnificent collection!
Oil painting on canvas, Mending the Tapestry, by Daniel Pasmore the elder (fl.1829-1865).bottom centre, in red: D PASMORE 1835. A lady dressed in white is seated in a medieval interior mending a tapestry. This picture came from Rathmoral, Co Tipperary at the time of Laura Arbuthnot's marriage to Wm F Lenox-Conyngham in 1856 and is mentioned in a letter from her to her sister Lady Gough (née Jane Arbuthnot).
Rathronac, Tipperary, on the occasion of Laura Arbuthnot's wedding to William Lenox-Conyngham in 1856; purchased by National Trust in 1957 from William Lowry Lenox-Conyngham (1903–1957), shortly before his death, along with the other contents of Springhill
Springhill, The Lenox-Conyngham Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Recto: D Pasmore 1835 (left centre in red) Verso: A label on the back states that it came from Rathronac, Tipperary, on the occasion of Laura Arbuthnot's wedding to William Lenox-Conyngham in 1856.
Makers and roles
Daniel Pasmore the elder (fl.1829-1865) , artist