Venus sleeps beneath a tree within a landscape, as Adonis, with hound, looks on and cupids frolic.
The tapestry, which has been cut to allow for a door, carries the weaver’s mark: John Vanderbanc fecit in Gt. Queen Street, 326.5cm high x 440cm wide.
John Vanderbank was born in Paris, but as a Huguenot he moved first of all to Holland and then to England.
He was established in Great Queen Street in 1689 when he took over the arrasworkers rooms there from Thomas Axton, and soon became known as the leading tapestry weaver in the country.