Mabel Early - Galaxy M81

Mabel Early

Galaxy M81


Embroidered tapestry


Location: Lower Foyer, East Wing, The Queen’s Building, Streatham Campus

Mabel Early was born in Sheffield in 1910 and showed an early aptitude for drawing and painting. This interest was nurtured at school where she won a prestigious place at the Slade School to study Fine Art. At the Slade, in the early Thirties, she trained as a painter where the portrait of her was painted by M. Williamson.

This remarkable 7ft x 5ft tapestry evokes both a real and an imagined constellation.  It was brought to fruition over a period of years.

Photograph: John Melville © University of Exeter

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