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Willow Bough

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)
    1887 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour block print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Allan F. Vigers

  • Museum number:

    E.641-1915

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2D, shelf WM, box 8 A

Physical description

Specimen of 'Willow Bough' wallpaper, a foliate pattern of intertwined green willow leaves, on a pale ground; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number and price.
Part of a pattern book.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

late 19th century (made)
1887 (published)

Artist/maker

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

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.

Descriptive line

Specimen of 'Willow Bough' wallpaper, a foliate pattern of intertwined green willow leaves, on a pale ground; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Designed by William Morris; Printed by Jeffrey & Co. for Morris & Co.; Part of a pattern book of Morris & Co. patterns (E.633-858-1915); England; First issued 1887.

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

Within a pattern book.
This design is a duplicate of a design within another Morris & Co. pattern book, either Volume 1 (1862-81) or Volume 2 (1882-96) (E.441-608-1919).

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Block printing

Subjects depicted

All-over pattern; Foliation (pattern); Willow leaves

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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