Exhibit of embroidery from early modern England opens at Sterling Library

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Blackwork Embroidered Dress in A Woman Called Lady Clopton of Kentwell Hall, ca. 1600, by Robert Peake the Elder, Courtesy of the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

The study of embroidery in early modern England (1500–1700) will be the focus of a new exhibit at the Yale University Library.

“Nature’s Own Shape,” curated by Yale senior Bea Koch, will be on display Sept. 9 – Dec. 16, in the Exhibit Corridor of Sterling Memorial Library. The opening event on Sept. 9 includes a 20-minute talk by Koch in the International Room of the library at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

The exhibit will include work by noblewomen Bess of Hardwick and Mary, Queen of Scots, who were among the most famous embroiderers of the period. “Nature’s Own Shape” draws from the University’s collections housed in the Yale Center for British Art, the Lewis Walpole Library, Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

“Nature’s Own Shape” is Koch’s senior project, which was prepared with the guidance of her adviser Mia Genoni, dean of Berkeley College.

The talk, reception and exhibit are open to the public. Sterling Memorial Library is located at 120 High St. For library hours and additional information, visit: library.yale.edu.

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