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Trellis

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    11/1862 (designed (pattern))
    01/02/1864 (design registered)
    1864 (manufactured)

  • 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.2750-1980

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Specimen of 'Trellis' wallpaper, a design of a thorned rose bush growing on a wooden trellis, with birds and flying insects; 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

11/1862 (designed (pattern))
01/02/1864 (design registered)
1864 (manufactured)

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

Produced by Morris & Co., 449, Oxford Street, London.
Given by Shand Kydd Ltd.

Descriptive line

Specimen of 'Trellis' wallpaper, a design of a thorned rose bush growing on a wooden trellis, with birds and flying insects; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; Designed by William Morris; Published by Morris & Co.; Part of a wallpaper pattern book containing 132 specimens (E.2734-2866-1980), mounted on a display stand, with a cloth cover; England; Designed 1862; Registered and produced 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.
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

Printing; Colour woodblock print; Block printing

Subjects depicted

Birds; Woodpecker; Trellis; Rose bush; Roses (flowers); Insects

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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