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Grafton

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1883 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and pencil, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss Mary (May) Morris, daughter of the artist

  • Museum number:

    E.955-1954

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case KK, shelf 2, box A

Physical description

Preliminary drawing for 'Grafton' wallpaper design, (?)brown foliage and green stems with flowers, on a pale ground. The paper is squared in pencil and there are watercolour outlines demonstrating how the design would join up in a repeat; Watercolour and pencil, on paper.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1883 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and pencil, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 42.5 cm, Width: 34.9 cm

Object history note

Three blocks were used to print Grafton, which was available as both a two- and three colour pattern.

Descriptive line

Preliminary drawing for 'Grafton' wallpaper design, (?)brown foliage and green stems with flowers, on a pale ground. The paper is squared in pencil and there are watercolour outlines demonstrating how the design would join up in a repeat; Watercolour and pencil, on paper; Designed by William Morris; Published by Morris & Co.; England; 1883.

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.

Materials

Paper; Watercolour; Pencil

Techniques

Painting (image-making); Drawing

Subjects depicted

Leaves (plant materials); Flowers

Categories

Wall coverings; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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