|ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / book reviews, articles|
King's Collected Textile Studies
edited by A. Muthesius and M. King
Pindar Press, 2002
456 pages, 150
illustrations, 24 x 17 cm
in spring 2002
|This publication gathers
together for the first time a representative selection of
Donald King's scholarship, in seventeen studies written
and published over the period 1960-1999.
Seven of the papers are grouped to illustrate the wide range of techniques across which he was able to publish. Three further papers illustrate his tremendous facility for close technical analysis of his materials, whilst his linguistic gifts, which allowed him to solve the intricate puzzle posed by textile terminology used in medieval sources, are celebrated in four further papers. Study II shows how he integrated these different avenues of approach into the intricate textile method that he developed. Two more papers have been included, to illustrate Donald King's notabel ability to communicate his enthusiasm and expertise about textiles to a wide audience. The study entitled "Magic in the Web" was designed to engage the general public and it was received with tremendous enthusiasm both as a lecture and as a published piece. The paper on "Early Textiles with Hunting subjects in the Keir collection" served both the academic and the museum world, and it illustrated for the connoisseur what could be learnt by those engaged in building up private collections of medieval textiles.
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