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Jasmine

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1872 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour block print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Allan F. Vigers

  • Museum number:

    E.770-1915

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

'Jasmine' wallpaper, an all-over pattern of hawthorn leaves, blossoms and branches on a disguised vertical meander. A scrolling tracery of jasmine providing the foreground - green colourway; 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

1872 (published)

Artist/maker

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

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

Parry notes that: 'The many deletions and substitutions in the printing record indicate initial difficulties with the pattern and it appears that the number of blocks used for its production was reduced from twenty to eleven. Attempts made in 1874 to print it in wash colours seem to have been unsuccessful.'

Descriptive line

Specimen of 'Jasmine' wallpaper, an all-over pattern of hawthorn leaves, blossoms and branches on a disguised vertical meander. A scrolling tracery of jasmine providing the foreground - green colourway; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Designed by William Morris; Published by Morris & Co.; Printed by Jeffrey & Co.; Part of a pattern book of Morris & Co. patterns (E.633-858-1915); England; First issued 1872.

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.
Clark, Fiona. William Morris Wallpapers and Chintzes. New York. 1973.
Greysmith, Brenda. Wallpaper. London, 1976.
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.

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Block printing

Subjects depicted

Blossom; Flowers (plants); Hawthorn; Jasmine; Scrolling foliage

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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