This section is from the book "Tapestries; Their Origin, History And Renaissance", by George Leland Hunter. Also available from Amazon: Tapestries; Their Origin, History, And Renaissance.
Among those to whom I am especially indebted for assistance in the preparation of this book are the Metropolitan Museum, of Art, and its President, Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan, whose gifts and loans have done so much to make the Museum the centre of tapestry interest on this side of the Atlantic.
Mr. William Clifford of the Library of the Metropolitan Museum, who has assembled there the best collection of tapestry books in the United States, and whose advice and suggestions have been invaluable.
The Hon. Robert McCormick, American Ambassador to France, and Mr. Spencer Eddy, Secretary of the American Legation at St. Petersburg, for introductions given me on the occasion of my visit to Europe in 1906.
Mr. Jules Guiffrey, Administrator of the Gobelins.
Many museums and individuals and dealers for photographs or permission to illustrate. Among the individuals: Mr. George Blumenthal, the Duke of Devonshire, Lord Anglesey, Lord Fortescue, Mrs. A. Von Zedlitz, Mr. Philip Hiss, Mrs. Oscar Berg, Miss Ada Thurston, Mrs. Nicholas Longworth.
Among the dealers and makers: Messrs. Morris & Co., for plates nos. 129, 131, 133, 135, 137, 233; Gimpel & Wildenstein for colour plate no. I; Wm. Baumgarten & Co. for nos. 167, 207, 209, 211, 247, 249, 251, 253; the Tiffany Studios for no. 147; W. Ziesch & Co. for no. 319; the Palmer & Embury Mfg. Co. for colour plate no. IV; the Herter Looms for no. 215; P. W. French & Co. for nos. 161, 187, 305,351,361.
With the bibliography of tapestries, as presented in chapter XV (Tapestry Museums, Collections, Expositions, Inventories, Sales, Books), I have taken great pains, in order to lighten the labour of those who wish to pursue further the study of this fascinating subject.
To me personally tapestries are the most interesting and delightful form of art, combining as they do picture interest with story interest and texture interest. If to some slight degree I have succeeded in expressing this interest on the pages of my first book, so that it shall please even the casual reader, my labour will not have been in vain.
George Leland Hunter.
New York, October, 1912.