Late 19th to early 20th century
Sir J. Ninian Comper (British, 1864–1960)

Object Place: London, England


150 cm (59 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk and metallic thread embroidered damask

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Society of the Sisters of Bethany; may have been designed by Sir J. Ninian Comper (1864-1960). Silk, damask; appliquéd embroidered orphrey and hood. Black silk damask. Appliquéd banderoles of yellow silk damask embroidered in black silk with the following inscriptions: (Left) Kyrie eleyson Xpe eleyon Kyrie eleyson. Requiescant in pace post tenebras spero lucem (Right): Requiem eternam dona eis domine et lux perptua luceat eis (from the Requiem). (Hood): Sewn to cope fabric. Metallic ground with appliquéd polychrome silk embroidery of St. Michael, in robes, spearing the dragon and weighing souls. Details and outlines in gold couching. Condition: very good; some wear to gold ground of hood. Given to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in 1935 in memory of the Rev. Andrew Chalmers Wilson.

Credit Line

Gift of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge, Mass.