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St James's Ceiling

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1881 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    block-printed in distemper colours, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Morris & Co.

  • Museum number:

    E.594-1919

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Specimen of 'St James's Ceiling' paper, a formalised foliate pattern, featuring a stylised sunflower, yellow 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 2', a pattern book containing 25 Morris & Co. patterns from 1882-96 (E.530-608-1919); England; 1875.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1881 (designed)

Artist/maker

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

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 large ceiling paper, was designed by Morris to be hung with the red 'St. James's' paper in the Banqueting Room at St. James's Palace. The pattern is very similar to Philip Webb's design for the painted ceiling of the Green Dining Room at the South Kensington Museum 1866-8. Like the 'St James's' wallpaper, this design entered Morris & Co.'s standard range.

Descriptive line

Specimen of 'St James's Ceiling' paper, a formalised foliate pattern, featuring a stylised sunflower, yellow on a pale ground; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Designed by William Morris for the Banqueting Room at St James's Palace; Printed by Jeffrey & Co. for Morris & Co.; Part of 'Volume 2', a pattern book containing 27 Morris & Co. patterns from 1882-96 (E.530-608-1919); England; 1881.

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 2 (1882-96).

Materials

Paper; Distemper

Techniques

Block printing

Subjects depicted

Floral pattern; Sunflower; Flowers (plants); Leaves (plant materials)

Categories

Images Online; Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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