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Wallpaper - Insulin 8.27

Insulin 8.27

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1951 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Odell, William J. (designer)
    John Line & Son (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour screenprint, on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.884-1978

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2B, shelf DR85, box DW9

This is one of a series of wallpapers which were designed and produced for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Each pattern in the series was inspired by the crystalline structure of a chemical compound, in this case insulin. The crystallographer in this instance was Dorothy Hodgkin. The series was developed as the result of a collaboration between the Festival Pattern Group and the wallpaper manufacturer John Line & Sons Ltd. The four wallpapers produced for the Festival were used extensively in the Festival site - in the Regatta Restaurant, the Exhibition of Science and in the Dome of Discovery.

Physical description

Portion of 'Insulin 8.27' wallpaper, a design based on the crystalline structures of insulin, pattern group 8.27, featuring flower-like motifs, on a dark ground; Colour screenprint, on paper; Lettered with manufacturer's name etc.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1951 (made)

Artist/maker

Odell, William J. (designer)
John Line & Son (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour screenprint, on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered with manufacturer's name etc.

WALL PAPER, the design by Robert / Sevant based on the crystal structure / of 8.7 Insulin and manufactured by / John Line & Sons Ltd., for the / Festival Pattern Group. ENGLISH; / 1951. / Given by the manufacturers. C.19357
Lettered on paper label attached to front of design.

LENT BY THE / VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
Lettered on paper label attached to front of design.

Dimensions

Height: 74.5 cm, Width: 54 cm

Object history note

Prroduced by John Line & Sons Ltd., for the Festival of Britain, 1951.

Descriptive line

Portion of 'Insulin 8.27' wallpaper, a design based on the crystalline structures of insulin, pattern group 8.27, featuring flower-like motifs, on a dark ground; Colour screenprint, on paper; Lettered with manufacturer's name etc.; Designed by William Odell; Produced by John Line & Sons Ltd for the Festival of Britain; 1951.

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

Lesley Jackson From Atoms to Patterns. Crystal structure designs from the 1951 Festival of Britain Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset: Richard Dennis, 2008. ISBN: 978 0 9553741 1 1.
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.

Production Note

Produced by John Line & Sons Ltd for the Festival of Britain.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour screen print

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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