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Diaper

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (designed)
    1868-70 (published)

  • 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.460-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 57, box A

Physical description

'Diaper' wallpaper pattern, squares containing leaf scrolls, interspersed with squares containing flowers; 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

ca. 1870 (designed)
1868-70 (published)

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, Width: 53.3 cm size of volume

Object history note

This pattern was initially produced in two colourways, yellow and olive, another seven colourways were added in the 1870s.

Descriptive line

'Diaper' wallpaper pattern, squares containing leaf scrolls, interspersed with squares containing flowers; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price; William Morris; Part of 'Volume 1', a pattern book containing 25 Morris & Co. patterns from 1862-81 (E.441-529-1919); England; ca. 1870.

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.
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).

Materials

Paper; Distemper

Techniques

Block printing

Subjects depicted

Flowers (plants); Leaf scrolls; Squares (geometric figures)

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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