Mid-17th Century, a suite of five Soho or Antwerp tapestries, Private Collection of Wolterton Hall
A Verdure tapestry, also sometimes called Garden Tapestry, is a design based on foliage, flowers and plant forms that was originally characterised by its green tones. It is not known exactly when the first of these verdure tapestries were created, but by the 16th century, tapestries with formal designs derived from foliage had become hugely popular. This suite of five Verdure tapestries were brought to Wolterton Hall by Horatio Walpole in the mid-18th century. Whilst the origin of this suite is unknown, it is likely to be of either Soho or Antwerp tapestry weavers. Depicting the mythological love story of Venus and Adonis, the suite portrays the Goddess’s attempts to seduce a handsome but reluctant young man, an illustrious narrative made famous by William Shakespeare in his 1593 poem of the same name.