The Four Seasons - Spring
The Four Seasons Tapestries, now on display at Hatfield House, were originally woven for Sir John Tracy of Toddington, Gloucestershire. Each tapestry contains the coat of arms of the Toddington family. They made their way to Hatfield House some time before 1846 where they were hung in rooms prepared for Queen Victoria when she visited Hatfield in October of that year.
The four tapestries are adaptations of engravings of the Four Seasons by Maarten de Vos, which show allegorical figures presiding over rural labours and activities of the season. The tapestries depict a mixture of seasonal and allegorical images and homely details Each tapestry has three roundels at the top illustrating signs of the zodiac and the frames are filled with over a hundred different emblems.