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Wallpaper - Insulin 8.25

Insulin 8.25

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1951 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sevant, Robert (designer)
    John Line & Son (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour screen print, on paper

  • Museum number:


  • 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 8.25' wallpaper, a design based on the crystalline structures of insulin; Colour screen print, on paper.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1951 (made)


Sevant, Robert (designer)
John Line & Son (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour screen print, on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered with manufacturer's name


Length: 74 cm, Width: 54.6 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

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.

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.




Colour screen print


Wall coverings; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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