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Henry VIII: the Unseen Tapestries exhibition: 1-19 October, London

Saint Paul Directing the Burning of the Heathen Books at Ephesus

The S Franses gallery in London have just let me know about a loan exhibition they have on at the moment, which runs until the 19th October 2018.
Their website explains:

"This small but remarkable loan exhibition includes rare and previously unseen, as well as rediscovered, tapestries from the tapestry collection of the king. The rediscovered monumental “Burning of the Books” tapestry commissioned by Henry and deliver to Hampton Court Palace in 1538. The “Lord Russell Order of the Garter” tapestry. “Romulus and Remus” a tapestry from Greenwich Palace."

Lillian Billing, in an email to me, explained that "One of the tapestries, "St Paul Directing the Burning of the Heathen Books" is a recently rediscovered tapestry woven with gold and silver threads, commissioned by the King and delivered to Hampton Court Palace in 1538/9" and "Another tapestry in the exhibition is the only known full length image in tapestry of King Henry, which has remained in the same property for over 400 years." It really does sound like a wonderful exhibition.

Here are the details:

1st – 19th October
Location: S Franses Ltd, 80 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JD (tel 020 7976 1234)
Opening hours: Weekdays 10.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm
Website: http://www.franses.com/2018/09/24/loan-exhibition-henry-viii-the-unseen-tapestries/

There is also a complimentary lecture being given this Saturday, 6th October, at 3pm at the Royal Academy of Arts (Benjamin West Lecture Theatre) by Dr Thomas Campbell, formerly Director of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The lecture is entitled: "The Art of Majesty: Henry VIII's Tapestries". Admission is free, but entrance is by ticket only from S Franses Ltd - apply for a ticket by email [email protected] or phone 020 7976 1234.

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Henry VIII: the Unseen Tapestries exhibition: 1-19 October, London