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Wallpaper frieze
  • Wallpaper frieze
    Hassall, John, born 1868 - died 1948
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Wallpaper frieze

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hassall, John, born 1868 - died 1948 (designer)
    Liberty & Co. Ltd. (retailers)
    Jellico and Co. (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Julia Cox

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

‘The object is to place before children such pictures as are well drawn and well coloured and thus training the eye in infancy to discriminate and enjoy artistic work.’
Liberty Bazaar, 1898

These wallpaper friezes were produced by British illustrator and poster designer John Hassall for Liberty & Co. around the turn of the twentieth century, a time when designing for children’s nurseries was very fashionable. They were part of a wider collaboration between Hassall and fellow artist Cecil Aldin, ‘Art for the Nursery’, which was aimed at making the appearance of children's rooms more attractive. This resulted in the Pictures for Children exhibition at The Fine Art Society in 1900.

The papers are lithographs printed by Jellico and Co. to be fixed directly to the walls of children's nurseries.

Physical description

One of a set of nursery wallpaper friezes showing a line of children on a brown field with stylised trees, moving towards the left, pulling or carrying toys. This frieze has two boys. The lead boy wears a sailor suit and pulls behind him a large toy full-rigged ship on wheels. The second boy wears a charcoal grey jumper, shorts and long socks, has a sword on his left shoulder, and pulls a wheeled toy with two rampant horses with guardsmen riders.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


ca. 1900 (manufactured)


Hassall, John, born 1868 - died 1948 (designer)
Liberty & Co. Ltd. (retailers)
Jellico and Co. (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Reg. No. 451546'
Printed along proper left edge

'Sheet No. 1'
Printed on proper left edge


Height: 490 mm, Width: 1538 mm

Object history note

Given to the museum in 2019 by Julia Cox [2019/356]

Descriptive line

Section of nursery wallpaper frieze showing children playing, 'Sheet No. 1', lithograph on paper, John Hassall for Liberty, England, about 1900

Production Note

Six of the original design drawings for this series are also held by the museum (see B.1 to 6-2014)





Subjects depicted

Sailors; Children; Toys; Ships; Boys


Interiors; Wall coverings; Children & Childhood; Play; Nursery Equipment


Museum of Childhood

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