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Mistress Mary

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.2329-1920

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case 2F, shelf 24

Physical description

Design for a wallpaper frieze, 'Mistress Mary', based on the popular English nursery rhyme 'Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary'; The design depicts a woman with a watering can, standing infront of a hedge and flower bed lined with cockle shells, flanked eitherside by sculpted trees; Lettered above the image; Mistress Mary quite contrary How does your garden grow? With silver bells & cockleshells And pretty maids all of a row; Watercolour on paper.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1903 (made)

Artist/maker

Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Misstress Mary quite contrary / How does your garden grow? / With silver bells & cockleshells / And pretty maids all of a row
Lettered as part of design.

1903
Dated.

Dimensions

Height: 54 cm, Width: 76.8 cm

Descriptive line

Design for a wallpaper frieze, 'Mistress Mary', based on the popular English nursery rhyme 'Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary'; The design depicts a woman with a watering can, standing infront of a hedge and flower bed lined with cockle shells, flanked eitherside by sculpted trees; Designed by Walter Crane; Watercolour on paper; England; 1903.

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.

Production Note

Dated 1903.

Materials

Paper; Water-colour

Techniques

Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Peacocks; Hat; Woman; Cockle shell; Trees; Hedge; Watering can; Flowers

Categories

Wall coverings; Designs

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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