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Pimpernel

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1876 (registered)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    block-printed, by hand, in distemper colours, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Morris and Company

  • Museum number:

    E.498-1919

  • Gallery location:

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

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).

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1876 (registered)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

block-printed, by hand, 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 hung in the dining room at Kelmscott House (the London home of William Morris).

Descriptive line

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.

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

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Leaves (plant materials); All-over pattern; Foliation (pattern); Pimpernel (flower); Flowers

Categories

Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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