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Acanthus

Wallpaper
1875 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Specimen of 'Acanthus' wallpaper, foliate pattern of intertwined acanthus leaves; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
block-printed in distemper colours, on paper
Brief Description
Specimen of 'Acanthus' wallpaper, foliate pattern of intertwined acanthus leaves; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Designed by William Morris; Published by Morris & Co.; Printed by Jeffrey & Co.; England; 1875.
Physical Description
Specimen of 'Acanthus' wallpaper, foliate pattern of intertwined acanthus leaves; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper.
Dimensions
  • Height: 68.6cm
  • Width: 50cm
Style
Object history
The 'Acanthus' design requires thirty separate woodblocks to complete the pattern.

Parry (see references) notes that: 'Acanthus was the first of a group of large-scale, heavily patterned and deep coloured papers: the others were Pimpernel (1876), Wreath (1876), Rose (1877) and Chrysanthemum (1877). The large size of this design requires thirty blocks to complete the pattern, making it an expensive paper costing 16s. a roll.'
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Parry, Linda, ed. William Morris London : Philip Wilson in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 9 May-1 Sept. 1996, pp.212, 213, ill.
  • Oman, Charles C., and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.
  • Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1954
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.24-1954

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