Award-winning Stevengraph

The Industrial Revolution had its pros and cons, but one quite interesting result was the factory in Coventry, England. There the inventor/artist Thomas Stevens had it in his power to produce ‘silk pictures’ on a large scale. They were a conventional size, quite pretty, and the choice of content appealed to the sporting blood of the English.

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The back of each little item is just as interesting as the front! One can see, for instance, that Thomas Stevens earned 10 prize medals and diplomas. There is a charming small lithograph of the famous Stevengraph Works factory in Coventry and a descriptive list of the different silk pictures in the collection. Also, a stamp here, a pencil mark there, hinting at the story of the various places these matted pictures have been.

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These silk pictures do show there age, but one may say – the show their history, too. As they have their original matting and backing, they can be displayed in a variety of ways. They could be placed in individual frames, set in one large multi-display frame, or artfully laid in a curio cabinet. Or maybe one of those double glass ‘diploma’ frames to display both front and back with ease.
Interested? Please get in touch with us.

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