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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)
    Lightbown, Aspinall & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-printed from engraved rollers, on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.5161-1919

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Portion of the wallpaper frieze, 'Mistress Mary', based on the popular English nursery rhyme 'Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary'; A woman with a watering can, stands infront of a hedge and flowerbed lined with cockle shells, a sculpted tree to her left, on a pale ground; Lettered above the image; 'Mistress Mary quite contrary How does your garden grow? With silver bells & cockleshells And pretty maids all of a row'; Machine-printed from engraved rollers, on paper.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1903 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Machine-printed from engraved rollers, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 53.3 cm, Width: 64.7 cm

Descriptive line

Portion of the wallpaper frieze, 'Mistress Mary', based on the popular English nursery rhyme 'Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary'; A woman with a watering can, stands infront of a hedge and flowerbed lined with cockle shells, a sculpted tree to her left, on a pale ground; Designed by Walter Crane; Machine-printed from 6 engraved rollers, on paper; Produced by Lightbown, Aspinall & Co.; 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.
Jennings, A. S. Wallpaper Decoration, 1907.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Machine print; Roller-printing; Engraving (printing process)

Subjects depicted

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

Categories

Wall coverings; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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