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'World's largest tapestry' restoration at Coventry Cathedral begins

Graham Sutherland tapestry
Image caption The tapestry is claimed to be the largest in the world 'made in one piece'

The restoration of what is claimed to be the "world's largest tapestry" has got under way in Coventry.

The tapestry of Christ in Glory, by Graham Sutherland, has hung in Coventry's cathedral since the building was consecrated in 1962.

Image caption The entire work has been covered in scaffolding

The £100,000 restoration is likely to take about a month, cathedral staff have said.

The work, which measures 75 x 38ft (23 x 11m) and weighs just over a tonne, is in need of a clean and minor repairs.

Image copyright Coventry Cathedral
Image caption The cathedral says the work is in need of a clean

It is the largest tapestry in the world made in one piece, the cathedral says.

Scaffolding has been erected across the entire work, to enable textile conservators to gain access to it.

Image copyright Coventry Cathedral
Image caption The work was created by war artist Graham Sutherland

The work was commissioned when Sir Basil Spence, the cathedral's architect, invited Sutherland, an official war artist, to design it.

It is similar in size to a tennis court.

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Image caption The cathedral expects the restoration to take a month

Sutherland worked on the tapestry for ten years. He was influenced by artists such as Rembrandt.

The work shows a number of biblical scenes, including Christ's crucifixion.

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Image caption The scaffolding allows conservators to access the work

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