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Wallpaper - Corona Vitae
  • Corona Vitae
    Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915
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Corona Vitae

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca.late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Process half-tone engraving, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Emslie John Horniman, Esq.

  • Museum number:

    E.4055-1915

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 55

Physical description

Advertisement reproduction of the 'Corona Vitae' wallpaper and frieze designed by Walter Crane. With a portion of text 'NOTE ON THE WALL-PAPER DESIGN “CORONA VITAE”' by Walter Crane; Process half-tone engraving print, on paper.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca.late 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Process half-tone engraving, on paper

Marks and inscriptions

<----- 1’.9” ---> / <----- 1’.9” ---> / <----- 3’.0” ---> / <----- 2’.0” --->
Measurements lettered around edge of design.

“VICTORIAN WALL-PAPER”. / Price of Frieze, Flat Treatment with Gilding from 5/-yd. / color without Gilding from 3/6 yd.
Lettered above design.

Price in Embossed Leather Paper / from 8/6d. yard. / Price in Flat Treatment from 9d. yard. / with Gilding from 18d. yd. / THE “CORONA VITAE”. / PRODUCED IN EMBOSSED LEATHER, LEATHER-PAPER & FLAT TREATMENTS / DESIGNED BY WALTER CRANE. / FOR / JEFFREY & Co. 64. Essex Road. London. N.
Lettered below design.

NOTE ON THE WALL-PAPER DESIGN / “CORONA VITAE”. / Technically speaking, in the design of the field of the pattern and the / frieze a suggestion has been taken from the growth and arrangement of the / Crown-Imperial, which occurs in both in a more or less abstract form. / Symbolically the design may be understood as generally emblematic of a full, / rich and ample life, not without its changes and contrasts but ever springing anew / to flower and fruition. While the floral winged Lions, supporting the Crown / of Life, indicate its material triumphs; the Sphinxes, on either side of the tree, / figure its mystery, and those unanswered problems perpetually presented afresh to / humanity in the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. / In the freize the Crown again appears upheld in triumph by good genii of the / house, in the full pride of its flowering time, alternating with the fruit-bearing / seed after its kind. / WALTER CRANE.
Lettered on right-hand of sheet, alongside the design.

Descriptive line

Advertisement reproduction of the 'Corona Vitae' wallpaper and frieze designed by Walter Crane. With a portion of text 'NOTE ON THE WALL-PAPER DESIGN “CORONA VITAE”' by Walter Crane; Process half-tone engraving print, on paper; England; ca.1875-1915.

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.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1915, London: Printed under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1916.

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Engraving (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Acanthus; Winged lion; Tree of knowledge; Peacocks; Snakes; Crown; Sphinxes

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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