Mabel Early was born in Sheffield in 1910 and showed an early aptitude for drawing and painting. This interest was nurtured at school where she won a prestigious place at the Slade School to study Fine Art. At the Slade, in the early Thirties, she trained as a painter where the portrait of her was painted by M. Williamson.
This remarkable 7ft x 5ft tapestry evokes both a real and an imagined constellation. It was brought to fruition over a period of years.
Photograph: John Melville © University of Exeter