• Tapestry (1956.241)
    Tapestry (1956.241)
Tapestry
Tapestry
Tapestry
Tapestry

Tapestry

Artifact

Identifier:
1956.241
Description
Large tapestry, woven in the early 18th c. and signed by the weaver John Chabanex, depicting summer. The story that has been passed down suggests that it was originally owned by the Duke of Wellington and that the Duke gave this tapestry to Dr. John Sydney-Smith (supposedly his surgeon at the battle of Waterloo) as a token of his appreciation for splendid services rendered during the battle. Dr. Sydney-Smith and his family did emigrate to York (Toronto). The doctor died shortly after, contracting cholera while ministering to the ill during the cholera plague of 1832. The doctor had two daughters, one of whom, Charlotte, married James Beatty Grafton. Mrs.James Beatty Grafton willed the tapestry to family descendants. It therefore passed into the hands of Col. J.J. Grafton and later to his son Maj. Stewart Grafton. Upon the death of Col Grafton, it was in the possession of his daughter Catherine (Mrs David. H. MacDonald) who presented it to the Museum when it was constructed in 1956.

Date:
Early 18th century
Creator:
John Chabanex

(donor)