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Alcestis

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1876 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (designer)
    Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd

  • Museum number:

    E.1844-1934

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 53, box II

Physical description

Portion of 'Alcestis' wallpaper frieze, depicting the figure of Alcestis, a princess from Greek mythology, as a caryatid standing alongside an atlas of the winged personification of Love, on a GOLD ground; Lettered within the design [P]RAY-THIS-YERE?-THE-LEAF-OR-THE-FLO?; Colour print from wood blocks, on paper.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1876 (made)

Artist/maker

Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (designer)
Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print, on paper

Marks and inscriptions

ALCESTS / AMOR / [P]RAY-THIS-YERE?-THE-LEAF-OR-THE-FLO
Lettered within design.

Object history note

Given by Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd.

Descriptive line

Portion of 'Alcestis' wallpaper frieze, depicting the figure of Alcestis, a princess from Greek mythology, as a caryatid standing alongside an atlas of the winged personification of Love, on a gold ground; Designed by Walter Crane; Colour print from wood blocks, on paper; Produced by Jeffrey & Co.; England; 1876.

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.
Art Journal, November 1901, p 333.
Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings Accessions 1934 London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1935

Production Note

A detail of the block for this frieze is reproduced in Art Journal, November 1901, plate on p 333.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Arrows; Wings; Angel; Man; Breastplates (body armor); Princess; Vases; Caryatid; Torches (lighting devices); Robes; Flowers; Woman; Atlas

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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