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Fruit

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1865-66 (designed)
    1866 (produced)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris & Co. (designer)
    Morris & Co. (publisher)
    Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    block-printed in distemper colours, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Morris and Company

  • Museum number:

    E.446-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 5, box 2

Physical description

'Fruit' (or 'Pomegranate') wallpaper pattern, branches of fruit trees bearing fruit, including limes and pomegranates, on a pale ground; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price.
Part of Volume 1, a pattern book containing 25 Morris & Co. patterns from 1862-81 (E.441-529-1919).

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1865-66 (designed)
1866 (produced)

Artist/maker

Morris & Co. (designer)
Morris & Co. (publisher)
Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

block-printed in distemper colours, on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price

Dimensions

Height: 68.5 cm size of volume : from Oman and Hamilton, Width: 53.3 cm size of volume : from Oman and Hamilton, Height: 68.6 cm from Parry, Width: 50 cm from Parry

Object history note

Possibly the second paper designed by Morris to be issued. The serial numbering in the printing log places it between Daisy and Trellis. However, Linda Parry (see references) cites Mackail's notes that suggest that the design was made 'no earlier than 1865'.

Historical context note

From one of two pattern books containing patterns including different colourways.

Descriptive line

'Fruit' (or 'Pomegranate') wallpaper pattern, branches of fruit trees bearing fruit, including limes and pomegranates, on a pale ground; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Part of 'Volume 1', a pattern book containing 25 Morris & Co. patterns from 1862-81 (E.441-529-1919); England; First issued ca.1866.

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.
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.206-207, 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.
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

Production Note

Part of Volume 1, a pattern book containing 25 Morris & Co. patterns from 1862-81 (E.441-529-1919).

Materials

Paper; Distemper

Techniques

Block printing

Subjects depicted

Branches; Lime; Fruit; Pomegranates (fruit)

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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