THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF ART NEEDLEWORK, London (manufacturer)
 William MORRIS (designer)

This monumental embroidery represents the muse of classical epic poetry, Calliope, who is seated with an open book and holding a quill. Her young son Morpheus, god of dreams, is by her side; while another son, Orpheus, god of music, is below playing the lyre. They are surrounded by eight more muses and seven sages, the latter representing the wisdom of mankind.