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Wallpaper - Foliage

Foliage

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Henry Dearle, born 1860 - died 1932 (designer)
    Morris & Co. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock, or machine, print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Shand Kydd Ltd

  • Museum number:

    E.2796-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Physical description

Specimen of 'Foliage' wallpaper; Colour woodblock, or machine, print 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, Great Britain (printed)

Date

1899 (made)

Artist/maker

John Henry Dearle, born 1860 - died 1932 (designer)
Morris & Co. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock, or machine, print 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.'

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Specimen of 'Foliage' wallpaper; Colour woodblock, or machine, print on paper; Designed by John Henry Dearle; 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; 1899.

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.
The full text of the entry is as follows:

'1069
Pattern book of wallpapers containing 132 specimens, including different colourways; most stamped on the back with title and serial number; some inscribed in ink; mounted on a display stand; cloth cover
Produced by Morris & Co., 449, Oxford Street, London
1880-1917
Colour prints from wood blocks, some machine prints
Various sizes
Given by Shand Kydd Ltd
E.2734-2866-1980

'Tree Frieze' (E.2734); 'Net Ceiling', 1895 (E.2735, 2736, 2866); 'Ceiling', 1883 (E.2737); 'Tulip Frieze' (E.2738); 'Daisy', 1862, produced 1864 (E.2739-2742); 'Fruit', 1862, produced 1864 (E.27432746,2840); 'Trellis', November 1862 (E.2747-2750, 2795, 2811); 'Jasmine', 1872 (E.2751-2753); 'Lily', 1873 (E.2754, 2766); 'Double Bough', 1890 (E.2755, 2841-2847); 'Seaweed', 1901, by J. H. Dearle (E.2756); 'Planet', by J. H. Dearle (E.2757); 'Christchurch'. 1882 (E.2758); 'Powdered', 1874 (E.2759-2761); 'Bower', 1877 (E.2762); 'Flora', 1891 (E.2763, 2764); 'Celandine', by J. H. Dearle (E.2765); 'Blossom', by Kate Faulkner (E.2767); 'Orchard', by J. H. Dearle (E.2768-2770); 'Larkspur', 1874 (E.2771); 'Autumn Flowers', 1888 (E.2772-2776); 'Bruges', 1888 (E.2777); 'Clover', by J. H. Dearle (E.2778, 2779); 'Daffodil', by J. H. Dearle (E.2780, 2792); 'Blackthorn' (E.2781); 'Chrysanthemum', 1877 (E.2782, 2783); 'Myrtle' (E.2784); 'Iris', circa 1887, by J. H. Dearle (E.2785-2787); 'Honeysuckle', by Mary (May) Morris (E.2788-2791); 'Blackberry', 1903, by J. H. Dearle (E.2793, 2794, 2839); 'Foliage', 1899, by J. H. Dearle (E.2796, 2797); 'Woodland Weeds', circa 1905, by J. H. Dearle (E.2798); 'Hammersmith' (E.2799); 'Vine', 1873 (E.2800, 2801, 2865); 'Garden Tulip', 1885 (E.2802-2804); 'Garden', by J. H. Dearle (E.2805); 'Rose' (E.2806, 2807); 'Scroll [& Flower]', circa 1871 (E.2808-2810); 'Meadow Sweet', by J. H. Dearle (E.2812-2814); 'Golden Lily', by J. H. Dearle (E.2815-2817); 'Compton', 1896 (E.2818-2819); 'Wild Tulip', 1884 (E.2820-2824); 'Single Stem', by J. H. Dearle (E.2825-2827); 'Lechlade' (E.2828, 2829); 'Artichoke', by J. H. Dearle (E.2830, 2831); 'Spring Thicket', 1894, by J. H. Dearle (E.2832-2834); 'Granville'. by J. H. Dearle (E.2835, 2836); 'Persian', by J. H. Dearle (E.2837, 2838); 'Pink and Rose', circa 1890 (E.2848); 'Norwich', 1889 (E.2849-2851); 'Lily and Pomegranate', 1886 (E.2852, 2853); 'Pimpernel', 1876 (E.2854-2856) 'Acanthus', 1875 (E.2857-2860); 'St James's'. 1881 (E.2861, 2862); 'Sunflower', 1879 (E.2863, 2864).'
Saunders, Gill. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications. London. 2002. pp. 118. pl 103.
An excerpt of the entry is as follows:

'This upright stand-book was typically used in wallpaper showrooms to display the range of patterns to customers. This example is big enough to show a full repeat of all but the very largest patterns. 'Table books', which could be loand out, were rather smaller. The book includes a small selection of machine-printed papers, though the introduction stresses their inadequacies in comparison to the hand-block printed versions.'
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.
The full text of the entry is as follows:

'L.29 Wallpaper stand-book

Morris & Co. from 449 Oxford Street, c.1905
Wooden easel stand, wallpaper samples, leatherette cover; 89.0 x 53.0 x 9.0 cm
V&A (E.2734 to 2866-1980)
Given by Shand Kydd Ltd

A display book from the Oxford Street showroom containing 132 specimens, each marked on the back with pattern name, way number and price. (No machine prints are included.) It is big enough to show a whole repeat of all but the very largest patterns. Similar ‘table books’ were also available, probably for loan to customers.

It is pointed out on the cover that the papers are ‘free from arsenic’.'

Exhibition History

Art Turns Left (Tate Liverpool 02/11/2013-16/02/2014)

Production Note

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

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Prints; Wall coverings

Collection code

PDP

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