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Daisy

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1864 (produced)
    01/02/1864 (design registered)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)
    Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturer)
    Morris & Co. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    block-printed in distemper colours, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Morris & Co.

  • Museum number:

    E.442-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 5, box 2

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).

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1864 (produced)
01/02/1864 (design registered)

Artist/maker

Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (designer)
Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturer)
Morris & Co. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

block-printed in distemper colours, on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price.

Dimensions

Height: 68.5 cm size of volume : from Oman and Hamilton, Width: 53.3 cm size of volume : from Oman and Hamilton, Height: 68.6 cm from Parry, Width: 50 cm from Parry

Object history note

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).

Descriptive line

'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.

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.
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

Production Note

Within pattern book Volume 1 (1862-81).
The 'Daisy' design was first produced in 1864.

Materials

Paper; Distemper

Techniques

Block printing

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Daisies; Floral pattern

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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