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European Art
Maker: John Vanderbank the Elder, British, active 1689–1717

The Toilet of the Princess

ca. 1700

Wool and silk

340.4 × 391.2 cm (134 × 154 in.)
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, B.A. 1897
Not on view
18th century

Active 1689-1717; woven for Elihu Yale on the loom of the Royal Great Wardrobe in Great Queen St., London; purchased from French &Co. - called Soho Tapestries of Indian Scenes - from Glenham Hall.


“Glemham Hall, Suffolk, a Seat of the Earl of Guilford,” Country Life (1910): 25.

“Yale Tapestries,” Time 4, no. 4 (July 28, 1924): 19.

William Tappan, “The Tapestries of Elihu Yale,” International Studio (December 1925): 209–214, ill.

A.F. Kendrick, “The Yale Tapestries,” Old Furniture: A Magazine of Domestic Ornament vol. 2 (October–December 1927): 162, 164, 166–67, ill.

John Walker Harrington, “Yale Tapestries as Textile Treasures,” Antiquarian 8 (April 1927): 43–46, ill.

William George Thomson, A History of Tapestry from the Earliest Times until the Present Day (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1930), 361–62, ill.

Margaret T. J. Rowe, “An Important New Tapestry,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University vo. 10, no. 1 (November 1931): 1–2.

“Yale Gallery Given Important Tapestries,” New Haven Register (June 1, 1932).

2000 Years of Tapestry Weaving, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1952), 46, 76, no. 108.

Edith A. Standen, “English Tapestries “After the Indian Manner”,” Metropolitan Museum Journal 15 (1981): 119–23, 125–28, 134–35, 138–39.

Edith A. Standen, “Studies in the History of Tapestry, 1520–1790: Some Exotic Subjects,” Apollo 114 (July 1981): 46–47, fig. 7.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.