At a Window II (T14)

Catalogue Record



Archie Brennan


At a Window II

Made in





Tapestry with a cotton warp and wool weft in monochrome tones of black and beige, depicting a woman wearing a striped skirt standing in front of a window.

Materials and techniques

Woven on a standard metal upright loom in Gobelin technique; 8 warps per inch. Tapestry is lined.


length:  152cm
width:  86cm

Object number



  • At A Window II, Archie Brennan, 1973-74, Crafts Council Collection: T14. Photo: Heini Schneebeli.

Maker's statement

This tapestry is the second of a group (currently seven pieces) based on fashion press photographs originally stimulated by the 'Devonshire Hunting Tapestries' at the V&A museum, around the concept of weaving the illusion/reality of cloth and clothing already woven. The origin picture, all readjusted by the 'Scotsman' newspaper circa 1970. It being a fashion photograph, I am intrigued that although the tapestry does not change our seeing it and attitude may change over years as fashion changes and reverts. The title 'at the window' also refers to an overlapping series, also the second in the series, of windows and curtains this series currently five pieces.

Archie Brennan, February 1978