Mells Manor Ruth Frances Horner, c.1878 Toggle Zoom in Zoom out caption Frances Horner, Ruth Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All Rights Reserved) Share-icon Downloads Zoom in Details Country House Mells Manor Title(s) Ruth Date c.1878 Medium and support Embroidery Dimensions Overall height: 39 cm, Overall width: 23.5 cm Artist Frances Horner (1854-1940) Catalogue Number MM72 Description As with Angel carrying Roses (MM72), this embroidery was a collaborative effort between the young Frances Graham and Edward Burne-Jones, with the latter drawing the figure on stretched cloth and the former embroidering over his markings. Burne-Jones completed the composition by carefully colouring in the more delicate features of the face. The subject of this embroidery is taken from the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament. Following the death of her husband, Ruth remains to care for her mother-in-law, Naomi: Ruth stands in a field of wheat leaning against a staff. In Christian hagiography Ruth is a symbol of abiding loyalty and devotion, dutifully setting out daily to glean grain from the field. by Devon Cox Related catalogue items from Mells Manor Mells Manor Design embroidered on bed board Edward Burne-Jones, 1891 Mells Manor Allegorical Figures in a Landscape Michele da Verona, ? c. 1510 Mells Manor Female Figure (Study for Le Chant d’Amour) Edward Burne-Jones, Signed and dated lower left: '1863'