Mending the Tapestry

Daniel Pasmore the elder (fl.1829-1865)
National Trust Inventory Number 216375

Category Paintings
Date 1835 (signed and dated)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 292 x 394 mm (11 1/2 x 15 1/2 in)
Place of origin England
Collection Springhill, County Londonderry (Accredited Museum)
On show at Springhill, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, National Trust

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!

Summary description

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).

Provenance

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

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

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