Art: On Tour

Queen Mary's million-stitch needlepoint rug, which will be auctioned off as the Queen's own contribution to Britain's dollar shortage (TIME, Feb. 6), got a queenly sendoff on its American tour. Arriving on the liner Queen Mary, it was displayed for three days in Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum to 30,000 gaping visitors. Then it was packed into its satin-lined chest, shipped off to Ottawa. By the time its transcontinental travels end in Baltimore, in June, the royal rug will have been on view in 22 U.S. and Canadian cities.


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