Plots and Spangles: The Embroidered Vestments of Helena Wintour: A Catalogue of an Exhibition from the Collections and Archives of the British Jesuit Province, Stonyhurst College, Ushaw College, the Ashmolean Museum and Auckland Castle Trust, Held at Auckland Castle 16th October 2015-11th April 2016
Presented within Auckland Castle's beautiful State Rooms, this exhibition of lavishly embroidered priest's vestments tells the compelling and tragic tale of one woman's religious devotion in the aftermath of the Gunpowder plot. This impressive collection has been described as 'the single most important body of work by a named Englishwoman in early modern times'. Helena Wintour was only six years old when her father, the notorious Gunpowder plot conspirator Robert Wintour, was captured, put on trial and executed. She dedicated the rest of her life to the service of the Catholic faith, and to creating this rare collection of thirteen highly decorated ceremonial garments. Each of the vestments is embroidered by hand and embellished with sequins, precious stones and pearls. This is the first time the full collection has been reunited in nearly 350 years. The vestments will be displayed alongside other seventeenth-century artefacts including Guy Fawkes lantern and a first folio of Shakespeare's Histories and Tragedies from 1623. Together these objects tell a complex story of faith, treason and devotion. 0Exhibition: Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, UK (16.10.2015-24.04.2016).
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