Daisy

Wallpaper
1864 (produced), 01/02/1864 (design registered)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

'Daisy' wallpaper pattern, a repeating pattern of plants, with red and yellow flowers, with a ground suggestive of grass; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price.
Part of Volume 1, a pattern book containing 25 Morris & Co. patterns from 1862-81 (E.441-529-1919).


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Materials and Techniques
block-printed in distemper colours, on paper
Brief Description
'Daisy' wallpaper pattern, a repeating pattern of plants, with red and yellow flowers, with a ground suggestive of grass; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price; The second paper William Morris designed, but the first to be issued; Part of 'Volume 1', a pattern book containing 25 Morris & Co. patterns from 1862-81 (E.441-529-1919); England; 1864.
Physical Description
'Daisy' wallpaper pattern, a repeating pattern of plants, with red and yellow flowers, with a ground suggestive of grass; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price.

Part of Volume 1, a pattern book containing 25 Morris & Co. patterns from 1862-81 (E.441-529-1919).
Dimensions
  • Size of volume from oman and hamilton height: 68.5cm
  • Size of volume from oman and hamilton width: 53.3cm
  • From parry height: 68.6cm
  • From parry width: 50cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
(Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price.)
Credit line
Given by Morris & Co.
Object history
This was the first wallpaper designed by William Morris to be put into production. The source of the flat simple frontal motif of the pattern can be seen in a wall hanging illustrated in a fifteenth-century version of Froissart’s Chronicles, shown in an illuminated manuscript at the British Museum (BL Ms 4380, fol. 1).
Production
Within pattern book Volume 1 (1862-81).

The 'Daisy' design was first produced in 1864.
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Associated Objects
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
  • Parry, Linda, ed. William Morris London : Philip Wilson in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 9 May-1 Sept. 1996, p.206.
  • 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 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921
Collection
Accession Number
E.442-1919

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