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Sefton

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1936-59 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Skeen, Henry (designer)
    John Line & Sons Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woodblock print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Shand Kydd Ltd

  • Museum number:

    E.2412-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case SH, shelf 8

Physical description

'Sefton' wallpaper specimen, grey and black vertical lines, with wider bands of grey at regular intervals, the wider bands featuring cream motifs of crosses with four dots. This pattern is overlaid by pale horizontal lines, of two lengths, at regular intervals; Woodblock print on paper.

Within a pattern book of 151 specimens, incorporating a studio log of obsolete designs, 1936-59; Each with title etc lettered on the front, and the pages of the original pattern book with title, serial number etc in letterpress on the back; Some of the patterns interleaved with screen-printed versions, reduced in size; Book bound in cloth boards, with typescript list of titles, designer's and printing methods affixed to the inside of the front cover and to the fly leaf.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1936-59 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Skeen, Henry (designer)
John Line & Sons Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Woodblock print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

SEFTON / henry skeen
Lettered in black, top-right corner of specimen.

BLOCK
Lettered by hand in blue ink, bottom-right corner of design.

Dimensions

Height: 38 cm size of volume, Width: 50.5 cm size of volume

Object history note

Given by Shand Kydd Ltd.

Descriptive line

'Sefton' wallpaper specimen, grey and black vertical lines, with wider bands of grey at regular intervals, the wider bands featuring cream motifs of crosses with four dots. This pattern is overlaid by pale horizontal lines, of two lengths, at regular intervals; Woodblock print on paper; Designed by Henry Skeen; Within a wallpaper pattern book of 151 specimens (E.2296-2446-1980), incorporating a studio log of obsolete designs; Produced by John Line & Sons Ltd; England; 1936-59.

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

Crosses (motifs); Stripes

Categories

Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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