I was in Dublin this week and saw the Grayson Perry tapestries at the RHA gallery. ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ is a series of 6 large scale woven tapestries that tell the story of the fictional Tim Rakewell and his journey through English society from his humble birth to famous death. There are references to William Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’ (1733) and many other art-historical works. The tapestries are an exploration of social mobility and the relationship between social class and aesthetic taste – reflected in the objects we chose to surround ourselves with.
The work is on loan from the Arts Council / British Council and they have excellent information about ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ on their website.