Wallpaper

1887 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Portion of wallpaper with a design of lozenges containing thistles, crowns and the initials VRI; Woodblock print on paper.
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read William Morris and wallpaper design During his career, William Morris produced over 50 wallpapers. These designs – many of which feature in the V&A's extensive Morris collection – adopted a naturalistic and very British take on pattern that was both new and quietly radical.
object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Woodblock print on paper
Brief Description
Portion of wallpaper with a design of lozenges containing thistles, crowns and the initials VRI; Woodblock print on paper; Reprint from the original blocks of a design created by William Morris for Balmoral Castle; Reprinted by Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd.; England; 1887.
Physical Description
Portion of wallpaper with a design of lozenges containing thistles, crowns and the initials VRI; Woodblock print on paper.
Dimensions
  • Portion height: 109cm
  • Portion width: 76.7cm
Marks and Inscriptions
VRI (Part of design.)
Credit line
Given by Mr E. A. Entwisle
Object history
Given by Mr E. A. Entwisle

Reprint from the original blocks of a design created for Balmoral Castle.

The original design (See; Entwisle, E. A. A Literary History of Wallpaper. London, 1960. pl 92) is inscribed Design for flock wallpaper Morris & Company and bears a pen note: Their Majesties prefer this design with the diamonds as big again ... the design to be in flock (not coloured).
Production
Reprint from the original blocks of a design for flock wallpaper for Balmoral Castle.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
  • Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1961
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.16-1961

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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