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Sunflower

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    07/01/1879 (design registered)
    1879 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    block-printed in distemper colour, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Morris and Co.

  • Museum number:

    E.513-1919

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Specimen of 'Sunflower' wallpaper, a symmetrical, formalised pattern of sunflowers and grape vines with fruit, in blue and white; Block-printed in distemper colour, 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

07/01/1879 (design registered)
1879 (printed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

block-printed in distemper colour, 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

Given by Morris & Co.

Descriptive line

Specimen of 'Sunflower' wallpaper, a symmetrical, formalised pattern of sunflowers and grape vines with fruit, in blue and white; Block-printed in distemper colour, on paper; Designed by William Morris; 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; 1879.

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

Leaves (plant materials); Stylized flowers; Stylized foliage; Grape Vines; Sunflowers

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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