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wallpaper for Tree-Top Hotel, Kenya

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kenya (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1976 (designed)
    1977 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brown, John R. (designer)
    Leyland Paint (Kenya) Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silkscreen on vinyl matte paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2B, shelf DR112, box DW22

This wallpaper was designed specifically for the re-decoration of the foyer of the Tree-Top Hotel in Kenya. The designer, John R. Brown, has explained that the clients wanted something distinctive and appropriate to the setting, so the design was based on Kenyan arts and crafts, and incorporates motifs derived from the Kikuya and Masai tribes such as face masks, stylised antelopes, beadwork and cowry shell patterns.

Physical description

Sample of wallpaper

Place of Origin

Kenya (manufactured)


1976 (designed)
1977 (manufactured)


Brown, John R. (designer)
Leyland Paint (Kenya) Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Silkscreen on vinyl matte paper


Length: 85 cm approx., Width: 55 cm

Descriptive line

Wallpaper designed by John R. Brown for the Tree-Top Hotel, Kenya, 1976

Subjects depicted

Antelope; Beadwork; Shield; Cowrie shell; Masks


Wall coverings; Black History


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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