image: Two carpets lying side by side beneath two metal beacons (not visible in the image). The carpet on the left is
yellow with a black border and rectangle in the centre. The Star of David is woven into the yellow section in a red/ brown wool. The one on
the right is black with yellow border and central panel. This has the pattern of an Earl's Coronet in place of the Star of David, also in a
red/ brown wool. 'Rachel' is carved into the centre panel of each carpet.
Installation consisting of two woollen carpets and two metal flambeaux
The carpets were specially woven in Kidderminster. They were made by the same Axminster process as the original
carpets of Witley Court. This was the home to the 'Countess Rachel' whom Chadwick takes as an identity for this piece. 'The script (on the
central panel) is taken from the stone plaque in the walled memorial garden, where the enigmatic Countess Rachel is buried......The name
Rachel has its source in the Old Testament, and is a semitic name, unusual to English aristocracy. By making the connection between the
name and the archaic symbol of the Star of David, the artist intends the carpets to be a commemoration of the Jewish lives lost in the
Holocaust....The work is a dual memorial; specifically to the Countess Rachel and generically to the many Rachels that perished. It brings
together seemingly incongruous polarities of class and race - the Countess and the Jewess - but what is shared in their histories is
conflagration by fire and a violent, unnatural death.' [Taken from 'England's Glory' catalogue].
Commissioned by the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1995