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St James's Ceiling

Wallpaper
1881 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
block-printed in distemper colours, on paper
Brief 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; 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.
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.
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 & Co.
Object history
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.
Production
Within pattern book Volume 2 (1882-96).
Subjects depicted
Associated Object
E.595-1919 (Colourway)
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.594-1919

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