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Wallpaper - Indian
  • Indian
    Scott, George Gilbert Sir, born 1811 - died 1878
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Indian

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1871 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Scott, George Gilbert Sir, born 1811 - died 1878 (designer)
    Morris & Co. (publisher)
    Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour block print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Allan F. Vigers

  • Museum number:

    E.758-1915

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2D, shelf DR105, box WM8B

Physical description

Specimen of 'Indian' wallpaper, a formalised foliate design, design in dark-blue on a pale ground; Colour woodblock print in distemper, on paper; Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price.
Part of a pattern book.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1871 (made)

Artist/maker

Scott, George Gilbert Sir, born 1811 - died 1878 (designer)
Morris & Co. (publisher)
Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

colour block print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price.

Dimensions

Height: 84.7 cm size of volume, Width: 66.7 cm size of volume

Object history note

Given by Mr Allan F. Vigers.

The source of this pattern was described in 1884 as an 'early 18th-century' wallpaper. This was in turn based on an Indian chintz. Several wallpapers adapted from earlier examples were designed and printed for Morris & Co.

Although this wallpaper was produced by the company of William Morris, it was not designed by Morris himself. A letter from Morris's business manager suggests that this paper was the work of the architect George Gilbert Scott (1839-1897).

Descriptive line

Specimen of 'Indian' wallpaper, a formalised foliate design, design in dark-blue on a pale ground; Colour woodblock print in distemper, on paper; Possibly designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott; Published by Morris & Co.; Printed by Jeffrey & Co.; Part of a pattern book of Morris & Co. patterns (E.633-858-1915); England; ca. 1871.

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.
Greysmith, Brenda. Wallpaper. London, 1976.
Clark, Fiona. William Morris Wallpapers and Chintzes. New York. 1973.
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.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1915, London: Printed under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1916.

Production Note

Part of a pattern book of Morris & Co. patterns (E.633-858-1915).

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Block printing

Subjects depicted

Foliation (pattern)

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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