|Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute|
|St Matthew (detail), designed by Sax Shaw, 1955. Bute Collection.|
Looking through the tapestries was, as Elizabeth Cumming put it, a good opportunity to key in my eye. Having spent a number of weeks reading books, away from Dovecot's weavers, it was invaluable to get an opportunity to remind myself why I decided to do the PhD in the first place!
The archives as usual provided a wealth of information relevant both to Dovecot's centenary exhibition and to my thesis. Of particular interest is a set of correspondance between Lord Colum Crichton-Stuart and Sax Shaw, donated by Shaw's widow. The great friendship between the two men came from a mutual understanding of colour, not only in tapestry but in the natural world around them.