Woman's scarf: "Festival of Britain 1951"


Object Place: England


Overall: 80 x 77.5 cm (31 1/2 x 30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rayon, crepe.

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Lightweight rayon scarf with inner square on light green ground showing Festival of Britain structures in thin black line with a small banner in the very center reading “Festival of Britain 1951” in curly cursive. This central portion is enclosed in a border of boats with banners flying. The thick outer border depicts London sites with cream sky above them labeled in cursive writing that emerges out of a thin line border. Landmarks depicted and labeled include “houses of parliament”, “marble arch”, and “st. james’s palace”. Light green border. Occasional red, yellow, green, and blue used in the design’s buldings, buses, and boats. No label.


By 2011, with Chris Saunders of Sotherans, London; 2011, purchased from Saunders by Jean and Frederic Sharf; 2011, gift of the Sharfs to the MFA (Accession date: December 30, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf