Garden of Delight by John Henry Dearle
A stunning counted cross stitch chart or kit from the Scarlet Quince 1830 - 1900 Fine Art Collection.
John Henry Dearle or J. H. Dearle (1860-1932) was a British textile and stained glass designer trained by Pre-Raphaelite artist and craftsman William Morris. Dearle designed many of the later wallpapers and textiles released by Morris & Co., and contributed background and foliage patterns to tapestry designs featuring figures by Edward Burne-Jones and others. Beginning in his teens as a shop assistant and then design apprentice, Dearle rose to become Morris & Co.'s chief designer by 1890, creating designs for tapestries, embroidery, wallpapers, woven and printed textiles, stained glass, and carpets. Following Morris's death in 1896, Dearle was appointed Art Director of the firm, and became its principal stained glass designer on the death of Burne-Jones in 1898.
Critical assessment of Dearle's work underwent a significant change during the final decades of the twentieth century, recognizing Dearle's mature work as having a unique artistic vision of its own. Morris's reputation overshadowed Dearle's work throughout Dearle's career: Dearle exhibited early patterns under Morris's name and Dearle designs continue to be sold as Morris patterns. Dearle always remained close to Morris's esthetic, yet from the 1890s onward Dearle incorporated a distinctive set of Persian and Turkish influences.
This piece is of a beautiful tree with glossy leaves and star-like white flowers against a dark blue millefleur (thousand flowers) background. Several sparrows and a robin are perched in or flying around the tree. The flowers around the tree include carnations, bluebells, primroses, asters, and others. Surrounding the central motif is a lighter border of Jacobean-style flowers and vines. This pattern is based on an embroidered wool portiere designed for the William Morris studio, sometimes known as "The Tree of Life". (1910)
Approx: 22" x 30" or 56 x 75cm - when worked on 18ct or 36ct.
You can also choose to have this design in kit form - list of DMC threads used.