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Larkspur

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1874 (designed)
    1875 (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.468-1919

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

'Larkspur' wallpaper pattern, foliate design with flowers, grey on a pale ground; 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

1874 (designed)
1875 (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 : from Oman and Hamilton, Width: 53.3 cm size of volume : from Oman and Hamilton, Height: 68.6 cm from Parry, Width: 52.5 cm from Parry

Object history note

Larkspur was first issued as a monochrome paper. A single-colour version was registered as a printed textile in April 1875.

Descriptive line

'Larkspur' wallpaper pattern, foliate design with flowers, grey on a pale ground; 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; First issued 1875.

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.208, ill.
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).
This design was also produced in monochrome, and as a chintz and a woven silk.

Materials

Paper; Distemper

Techniques

Block printing

Subjects depicted

Leaves (plant materials); Foliation (pattern); Floral pattern; Flowers

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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