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Department of Art Bayeux Tapestry exhibition files

 Collection
Identifier: UA-0005-0308

Scope and Contents note

Records related to the history of the Bayeax Tapestry replica created in Atlanta through the efforts of Judge Edd Wheeler, his donation of the replica to the State University of West Georgia, and the dedicatory events held at the university in May 1998. Items include histories of the Bayeax Tapestry, seed and root samples, dyed woolen thread, newspaper articles, magazine articles, copied book pages, brochures, handwritten correspondence (multiple items in French), drafts of speeches, emails, memos, timetables, postcard invitations, printed programs, planning documents, notes, invoices, children's artwork, and an original poem written by William S. Doxey.

Much of the material relates to Department of Art Chair Bruce Bobick's work to secure a permanent home for the Bayeux Tapestry at West Georgia College and to organize the three-day dedication held in May 1998. The collection also includes additional correspondence and records from Edd Wheeler and correspondence and color samples sent to Wheeler by Jill Goodwin, consultant to the French Ministry of Culture, to aid artist Margaret ReVille in matching the replica's colors to the original tapestry.

Dates

  • 1986 - 2001

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users.

Conditions Governing Use note

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical/Historical note

The Bayeux Tapestry illustrates, in fifty-eight successive scenes, William of Normandy's Conquest of England in 1066. Measuring 231 feet in length, the tapestry is actually an embroidery and is thought to have been made in a Saxon workshop about twenty years after the Conquest which it records. It was commissioned by Bishop Odo of Bayeux to adorn the rapidly expanding cathedral in Bayeux. The Tapestry served this role for centuries, being recorded in a cathedral inventory of 1476. It achieved a new significance when Napoleon, recognizing its propaganda value, brought it to Paris to stimulate support for his own projected invasion of England.

In the 1980s, Judge Edd Wheeler, a federal administrative judge from Tucker, envisioned creating a replica of the Bayeux Tapestry as a teaching tool and a money making venture. He commissioned 29-year-old Margaret ReVille, a recent art school graduate, to create a painted replica. Jill Goodwin sent Wheeler seed and root samples and dyed samples of woolen thread from France for ReVille's use in matching the replica's colors to the original.

Wheeler's replica, the third known in the world and the only one in the Western Hemisphere at that time, made its debut at Emory's Schatten Gallery in July 1987 with additional tour stops including one at West Georgia College in February 1993. After noting that the tapestry had sustained some wear and tear while on exhibit, Wheeler decided to take the tapestry off tour.

In March 1995, Wheeler sent a query to a dozen colleges and universities in Georgia, including West Georgia College, offering the tapestry on extended loan. Wheeler's selection of West Georgia was largely due to having been impressed by Department of Art Chair Bruce Bobick's conscientious handling of the tapestry at the WGC show. The replica was delivered to West Georgia College on October 3, 1995.

A three-day dedication of the replica was held May 4-6, 1998, and included a symposium featuring Sylvette Lemagnen, conservatrice of the Bayeux Tapestry at the Museum of Bayeux; Shirley Ann Brown, Professor of Art History at York University in Toronto and author of The Bayeux Tapestry: A History and Bibliography; Edd Wheeler; and Margaret ReVille. On May 6, the replica was blessed by Pierre Pican, Bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux, France.

Extent

1.19 Linear feet (1 box, 1 flat box)

Overview

History of the Bayeax Tapestry replica created in Atlanta through the efforts of Judge Edd Wheeler, his donation of the replica to the State University of West Georgia, and the dedicatory events held at the university in May 1998.

Arrangement note

The files in Box 1 are arranged in roughly chronological order. Box 2 is organized in three parts, (1) Dyed wool copy plates, (2) Dyed wool samples, and (3) Seed and root samples.

Related Archival Materials note

Related collections within Ingram Library's Special Collections include:

Department of Art records, 1980-2003 UA-0005-0310

Department of Art exhibition files UA-0005-0309

Department of Art Carrollton Collects exhibition files UA-0005-0307
Title
Department of Art Bayeux Tapestry exhibition files, 1986-2001 UA-0005-0308
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Catherine Hendricks
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States