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  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    late 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Print from wood blocks with stencilled colour (blue)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jeremy and Sally Howarth

  • Museum number:


  • 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)


late 17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Print from wood blocks with stencilled colour (blue)


Height: 3 cm irregular, torn, Width: 11 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


Printing ink


Block printing; Stencilling


Wall coverings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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