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Shelley

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1936-59 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Odell, William J. (designer)
    John Line & Sons Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Trough and woodblock print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Shand Kydd Ltd

  • Museum number:

    E.2415-1980

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

'Shelley' wallpaper specimen, horizontal bands of purple and (?)grey stylised floral motifs, interspersed with bands of smaller spherical and cross motifs, on a ground of yellow and (?)grey vertical stripes; Trough and 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

Odell, William J. (designer)
John Line & Sons Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Trough and woodblock print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

SHELLEY / william odell
Lettered in black, top-right corner of sheet.

TROUGH + BLOCKS
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

'Shelley' wallpaper specimen, horizontal bands of purple and (?)grey stylised floral motifs, interspersed with bands of smaller spherical and cross motifs, on a ground of yellow and (?)grey vertical stripes; Trough and woodblock print on paper; Designed by William J. Odell; 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; Trough

Subjects depicted

Stripes; Fleurons (motifs); Stylized flowers

Categories

Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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