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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1738-1753 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 95, shelf E, box 2

Physical description

Engraving of plant forms, used as working material for wallpaper designs.

Within an album (E.4486-4542-1920) containing drawings of flowers, foliage, details of ornament, proofs etc, used by the artist as working material for his wallpaper designs: Pen and ink, pencil and watercolour: 52 sheets, together with an engraved title-page by Jackson, an engraving by Bonneau, and 3 anonymous engravings of plant forms; several signed J:B:J., inscribed with notes and dated from 1740 to 1753; the title-page dated 1738.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1738-1753 (made)


Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 49.5 cm size of volume, Width: 31.7 cm size of volume, Height: 14 in size of engraving cut to, Width: 9 in size of engraving cut to

Object history note

This drawing was used by John Baptist Jackson, as working material for his wallpaper designs.
The title-page of the album was designed for Gajo Suetenio tranquillo, le vite de' dodici Cesari (1738), Piacentini, Venice

Descriptive line

Print, engraving of plant forms by an anonymous artist, used as working material for wallpaper designs, England, 1738-53

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 & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1920, London: HMSO, 1922.

Production Note

According to Kainen (Kainen, J. John Baptist Jackson: 18th-Century Master of the Color Woodcut. Smithsonian Institution Bulletin. Washington, D.C. 1962.) the collection is the work of Jackson's studio, rather than his own work. The title-page was designed for Gajo Suetenio tranquillo, le vite de' dodici Cesari (1738), Piacentini, Venice




Engraving (printing process)


Wall coverings; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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