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Wallpaper

Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    late 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Print from wood blocks with stencilled colour (blue)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jeremy and Sally Howarth

  • Museum number:

    E.138:7-2015

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 29

This fragment (one of 6) of a rare late 17th century wallpaper with a pattern of flowers and leaves was found at Radclive Manor, Radclive, Buckingham, adhering to the plaster in a cupboard. The pattern is typical of the late 17th century fashion for lining papers and wallpapers with patterns derived from black-work embroidery patterns. Pieces of the same pattern were found on the walls of the Shrubbery, a late 17th century house in Epsom (demolished 1977; now in the local Epsom & Ewell Museum). A further example of the same design is in the archive at Longleat, where it forms the lining of a deed box.

Physical description

Torn fragment of print on paper with some stencilled colour

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

late 17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Print from wood blocks with stencilled colour (blue)

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 cm irregular, torn, Width: 13 cm

Descriptive line

Fragment of late 17th century wallpaper from Radclive Manor, print from wood blocks with stencilled colour

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

For a discussion of wallpapers with patterns dervied from black-work embroideries see Gill Saunders, 'Paper Tapestry and Wooden Pictures: Printed Decoration in the Domestic Interior before 1700' in Michael Hunter, ed., Printed Images in Early Modern Britain (Ashgate, 2010), pp.317-335

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Block printing; Stencilling

Categories

Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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