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Fruit

  • Object:

    Wallpaper sample

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1868-70 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by J. R. Holliday

  • Museum number:

    E.3710-1927

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 78, box B

Physical description

Specimen of 'Fruit' (or 'Pomegranate') wallpaper, design of fruit tree branches bearing oranges, lemons and pomegranates, with a dark-blue ground; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number etc.
Part of a pattern book containing 23 Morris & Co. patterns (E.3698-3704, 3706-3718, 3720-3722-1927).

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

ca. 1868-70 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the back in ink with title, number etc.

Dimensions

Height: 54.6 cm average size of pattern book contents (E.3698-3704, 3706-3718, 3720-3722-1927), Width: 77.5 cm average size of pattern book contents (E.3698-3704, 3706-3718, 3720-3722-1927)

Object history note

Bequeathed by J. R. Holliday.
Originally in a volume, this paper was part of a set that was split up, E.3705, 3719-1927 are missing.
'Fruit' was possibly the second paper designed by Morris to be issued. The serial numbering in the printing log places it between Daisy and Trellis. However, Linda Parry (see references) cites Mackail's notes that suggest that the design was made 'no earlier than 1865'.

Descriptive line

Specimen of 'Fruit' (or 'Pomegranate') wallpaper, design of fruit tree branches bearing oranges, lemons and pomegranates, with a dark-blue ground; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Published by Morris & Co.; Printed by Jeffrey & Co.; Part of a pattern book of 23 Morris & Co. patterns (E.3698-3704, 3706-3718, 3720-3722-1927); England; First issued ca.1866.

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, pp.206-207, ill.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1927, London: Board of Education, 1928

Production Note

The 'Fruit' (or 'Pomegranate') design was the second paper designed by William Morris to be issued, produced in 1864.
Part of a pattern book containing 23 Morris & Co. patterns (E.3698-3704, 3706-3718, 3720-3722-1927).

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Pomegranate; Oranges; Leaves (plant materials); Lemons; Branches; Fruit

Categories

Wall coverings; Interiors; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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