Blenheim Palace

Project: Blenheim Palace
Location: Oxfordshire


In 2007, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) held an exhibition called 'Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Spendour'. It was the first comprehensive survey of 17th century European tapestries.  As an ambitious international loan exhibition it drew upon many fine examples including the 'Siege of Bouchain’ from Blenheim Palace. Recognising that borrowing the tapestry left the Castle with empty wall space of a vast size, The Met commissioned Zardi & Zardi to make a reproduction to hang for the duration of the exhibition.

The Project

The third in a set of three, this tapestry celebrates the Duke’s last major military encounter and one that remains his most significant tactical triumph; its absence from the Second State Drawing Room at Blenheim Palace was unthinkable, so when a request came from the Metropolitan Museum of New York to borrow the tapestry for their major exhibition 'Tapestry of the Baroque: Threads of Splendour' Zardi & Zardi was commissioned to make a full-size copy to hang in place of the original.

Bouchain III: the Siege & Capitulation is a massive tapestry measuring 807 x 440 cm and forms part of the eleven piece set entitled the Victories of the Duke of Marlborough that hang at Blenheim Palace. Commissioned by John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, the design and cartons were by Phillip de Hondt, it was woven in wool and silk in the workshop of Judocus de Vos in Brussels circa 1714-15.

Images by kind permission of The Duke of Marlborough.