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Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper
    Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915
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Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1911 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (designer)
    Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print, on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.5134-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 53, box II

Walter Crane (1845-1915) was a prolific designer of wallpapers, most of which were produced by Jeffrey & Co. This is one of his last designs, and is in the neoclassical revival style which was then popular. It was designed for use with the 'Classic' pilaster paper, also in the V&A (E.5039-1919). The frieze itself was produced in at least two different colourways.

Physical description

Portion of wallpaper frieze with a lyre motif, an egg and dart molding pattern running above, on a red ground; This frieze shows an ancient lyre made of tortoise shell and goats' horns; Colour woodblock print, on paper.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1911 (made)

Artist/maker

Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (designer)
Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 45.2 cm, Width: 83.8 cm

Historical context note

In Greek legend the lyre was invented by Hermes (Mercury), who stretched strings over the shell of a tortoise. This frieze, which shows an ancient lyre made of tortoise shell and goats' horns, is from a set of wallpapers called 'classic'.

Descriptive line

Portion of wallpaper frieze with a lyre motif, with an egg and dart molding pattern running above, on a red ground; This frieze shows an ancient lyre made of tortoise shell and goats' horns; Designed by Walter Crane; Colour woodblock print, on paper; Produced by Jeffrey & Co.; England, 1911.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

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.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Tortoise shell; Lyre; Horn; Classicism

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints; Musical instruments

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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