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Wallpaper

Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    early 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr John B. Fowler

  • Museum number:

    E.2240-1974

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 103

This is a typical wallpaper of the period, with a simple flower-sprig pattern. It is one of a number of wallpapers donated to the V&A by John Fowler (of the decorating firm Colefax & Fowler). Many of these papers were discovered by him in the various houses for which Colefax & Fowler designed and carried out decorative schemes.

Physical description

Fragment of wallpaper with a half-drop design of small sprigs of flowers in grey, black and white; Colour woodblock print, on paper; This pattern removed from ceiling has been handwritten over the design.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)

Date

early 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print, on paper

Marks and inscriptions

This pattern removed from ceiling
Handwritten over design.

Dimensions

Height: 14 cm fragment, Width: 19 cm fragment

Object history note

Given by Mr John B. Fowler.

Another sample of this pattern, in green and white with matching border, is E.2252-1966.

Descriptive line

Fragment of wallpaper with a half-drop design of small sprigs of flowers in grey, black and white; Colour woodblock print, on paper; English; Early 19th century.

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.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Floral motifs; Sprigs

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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