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Daisy

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    1864 (produced)
    01/02/1864 (design registered)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    block-printed in distemper colours, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Shand Kydd Ltd

  • Museum number:

    E.2741-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case NN, shelf 5

Physical description

Specimen of 'Daisy' wallpaper, a design featuring a variety of plants in a brick pattern, on a flecked ground suggestive of grass; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper.
Part of a wallpaper pattern book containing 132 specimens (E.2734-2866-1980), mounted on a display stand, with a cloth cover.

Place of Origin

England (printed)

Date

1864 (produced)
01/02/1864 (design registered)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

block-printed in distemper colours, on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'THESE PAPERS ARE PRINTED BY HAND /

Hand or Block-printed Papers and Machine-printed Papers. /

MORRIS AND COMPANY are often asked "What is the advantage of hand-printed papers over those printed by machine?" /
HAND-PRINTED PAPERS are produced very slowly, each block used being dipped into pigment and then firmly pressed on to the paper, giving a great body of colour. This process takes place with each separate colour, which is slowly dried before another is applied. The consequence is that in the finished paper there is a considerable mass of solid colour. /
MACHINE-PRINTED PAPERS are produced at a great speed, all the colours being printed at one time and rapidly dried in a heated gallery. In consequence of the speed at which they are printed, there is merely a film of colour deposited on the surface of the paper. /
FOR PERMANENT USE we strongly recommend the hand-printed paper. /

The machine-printed papers are placed at the end of one of the books or in a msall book by themselves. /

Show Rooms: /
449, Oxford Street, London, W.'
Printed on cover sheet of stand-book.

Object history note

This was the first wallpaper designed by William Morris to be put into production. The source of the flat simple frontal motif of the pattern can be seen in a wall hanging illustrated in a fifteenth-century version of Froissart’s Chronicles, shown in an illuminated manuscript at the British Museum (BL Ms 4380, fol. 1).

Descriptive line

Specimen of 'Daisy' wallpaper, a design featuring a variety of plants in a brick pattern, on a flecked ground suggestive of grass; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Designed by William Morris; Published by Morris & Co.; Produced 1864; Part of a wallpaper pattern book containing 132 specimens (E.2734-2866-1980), mounted on a display stand, with a cloth cover; England; 1864.

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.
Saunders, Gill. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications. London. 2002. pp. 118. pl 103.
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, p.206.
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.

Production Note

Part of a pattern book of wallpapers containing 132 specimens (E.2734-2866-1980) from 1880-1917.

Materials

Paper; Distemper

Techniques

Block printing

Subjects depicted

Grass; Flowers

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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