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Wallpaper - Lunar

Lunar

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1964 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clarke, Michael M.S.L.A., born 1920 (designer)
    Cole & Son (Wallpapers) Ltd. (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour screenprint, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Cole & Son (Wallpapers) Ltd.

  • Museum number:

    E.952-1978

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2B, shelf DR81, box DW13

In the 1960s, wallpaper designers used new images inspired by space exploration. This is one of the earliest examples. Here you can see an abstract image based on photographs of the moon's surface. It also reflects the fantasy imagery of the 'psychedelic' graphic designs of the 1960s. The first man landed on the moon in 1969. By this time consumers could buy a variety of fabrics and wallpapers patterned with rockets and other space-age images printed in vivid Pop Art colours.

Physical description

Portion of 'Lunar' wallpaper, a pink and black design based on the imagery of the moon's surface.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1964 (made)

Artist/maker

Clarke, Michael M.S.L.A., born 1920 (designer)
Cole & Son (Wallpapers) Ltd. (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour screenprint, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 75.3 cm, Width: 57.1 cm

Object history note

Given by Cole & Son (Wallpapers) Ltd.

Historical context note

Although the first manned moon landing did not take place until 1969, the imagery of space exploration was widely used by designers throughout the 1960s. Motifs such as astronauts and rockers appeared on wallpapers and textiles. This design, based on photographs of the moon's surface, is both abstract, and yet identifiable. It is printed in the luminous psychedelic purple so characteristic of sixties style.

[Gill Saunders, 'British Design at Home', p.153]

Descriptive line

Portion of 'Lunar' wallpaper, a pink and black design based on the imagery of the moon's surface; Designed by Michael Clarke; Colour screen print on paper; Produced by Cole and Son (Wallpapers) Ltd.; England; 1964.

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.
Saunders, Gill. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications. London, 2002. p. 149. pl 134.

Materials

Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Colour screen print

Subjects depicted

Moon

Categories

ELISE; Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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