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One of the Mortlake ‘Playing Boys’ Tapestries, circa 1670.

Also known as ‘Bacchanalian Children’, after Giulio Romano, circa 1670, the top borders with the wheatsheaf crest and supporters of the Earl of Exeter (probably the 4th Earl, d.1677) and trophies of fruit, the sides with vine-clad corinthian columns supported by winged children.

The Grape Harvest, a vine-clad arbour with a central group of two boys and another crawling between them, other children clambering in the vines above, to the right two kneeling children with a basket of grapes, another carrying a basket on his head and a fourth with a long-handled fork, two boys by a tree to the left, 13ft. 4ins. high by 14ft. wide, with Mortlake shield mark lower right.

This tapestry was unhung for many years. It was stored in a box in the Prospect room and has retained an astonishing amount of its original colour.



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