After, after, after Monarch of the Glen

In 2012, Peter Saville’s design of the Monarch of the Glen was translated into a tapestry by Dovecot Tapestry Studio, a collaboration made possible by Paul Stolper Gallery.

The tapestry is based on the iconic Scottish image of the same name painted by Edwin Landseer in 1851, which is currently held in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland. Pop artist Peter Blake, renowned for repurposing images from advertising, as well as combining pop culture and fine art images to explore the boundaries of the two, appropriated the Landseer image in a work created in 1966. This image, in turn, was used as the basis for a work by graphic designer Peter Saville, which was then re-appropriated by Dovecot weavers into the tapestry medium.

The first edition out of five of the Monarch of the Glen tapestry was commissioned in celebration of Dovecot’s centenary in 2012 and is a witty reminder of the ways in which images are, and have been, borrowed and re-worked throughout history; a theme that remains central to the work of many artists. The incorporation of text and colour charts is also typical of Saville’s work, most evident in his well-known sleeve designs for New Order and Joy Division’s LPs.

Dovecot Tapestry Studio is currently working on the second edition of Monarch of the Glen.

For more information on Sir Edwin Landseer’s 1851 Monarch of the Glen, please visit the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection page.

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