The Overlord Embroidery, a pictorial record of the Allied Invasion of Europe in 1944, was put on public display in Britain for the first time on Wednesday (23 July)...
The Overlord Embroidery, a pictorial record of the Allied Invasion of Europe in 1944, was put on public display in Britain for the first time on Wednesday (23 July)...in the hope that someone will give it a suitable permanent home.
The work--currently on show in London's Guildhall--was commissioned by tobacco magnate, Lord Dulverton, who gave it to the British nation. He hoped it would be housed in London's Imperial War Museum, but planning permission for a gallery there was turned down.
The 34 panels, 272 feet (83 metres) wide and said to be the world's largest embroidery, depict the pre-invasion build-up and landing by British, American and Canadian troops.
Lord Dulverton wanted the events recorded for posterity, in the same way that the Bayeux Tapestry shows the cross-channel Norman invasion of Britain in 1066.
He commissioned artist Sandra Lawrence to design the panels, and they were then produced in applique embroidery by 20 girls from London's Royal School of Needlework. The 34 panels took 5 years to finish, at a cost of about 2,200 pounds sterling each (4,840 U.S. dollars).
Since its completion in 1973, the tapestry has been exhibited in Washington for a month, in Canada for a year...and, for the rest of the time, it has remained in boxes at Lord Dulverton's country mansion.