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Insulin 8.25

Wallpaper
1951 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour screen print, on paper
Brief Description
Portion of 'Insulin 8.25' wallpaper, a design based on the crystalline structures of insulin; Colour screen print, on paper; Produced by John Line & Son for The Festival of Britain; 1951.
Physical Description
Portion of 'Insulin 8.25' wallpaper, a design based on the crystalline structures of insulin; Colour screen print, on paper.
Dimensions
  • Length: 74cm
  • Width: 54.6cm
Dimension type not specified in Department Catalogue
Marks and Inscriptions
Lettered with manufacturer's name
Object history
Produced by John Line & Sons Ltd., for the Festival of Britain, 1951.
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
Collection
Accession Number
E.888-1978

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record createdFebruary 29, 2008
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