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Pimpernel

Wallpaper
1876 (registered)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Specimen of 'Pimpernel' wallpaper, an almost symmetrical pattern of entwined pale-green foliage and pimpernel plants with small yellow flowers; Block-printed in distemper colours, by hand, 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).


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
block-printed, by hand, in distemper colours, on paper
Brief Description
Specimen of 'Pimpernel' wallpaper, an almost symmetrical pattern of entwined pale-green foliage and pimpernel plants with small yellow flowers; Block-printed, by hand, in distemper colours, on paper; Designed by William Morris; Design registered 1876; Printed by Jeffery & Co. for Morris & Co.; Part of 'Volume 1', a pattern book containing 25 Morris & Co. patterns from 1862-81 (E.441-529-1919); England; 1876.
Physical Description
Specimen of 'Pimpernel' wallpaper, an almost symmetrical pattern of entwined pale-green foliage and pimpernel plants with small yellow flowers; Block-printed in distemper colours, by hand, 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 height: 68.5cm
  • Size of volume width: 53.3cm
Dimensions from: 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.
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
(Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price.)
Credit line
Given by Morris and Company
Object history
This pattern was hung in the dining room at Kelmscott House (the London home of William Morris).
Production
Within pattern book Volume 1 (1862-81).
Subjects depicted
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.
  • 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.498-1919

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