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A ‘hair’ embroidery of Burghley House, late 18th Century.

Depicting the house and its park, worked en grisaille on a satin ground, 48cm by 71cm, in a gilded frame.

Whilst embroideries of this type are often said to be made using human or horse hair, this is rarely the case. Cotton thread is often used. Hair was used in those items stitched by prisoners of war, imprisoned in camps such as that at Norman Cross, Peterborough during the Napoleonic War.

REFERENCE: TEX02501

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