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Tile design of roses for the Grill Room, South Kensington Museum

  • Object:

    Design (visual work)

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, designed)

  • Date:

    1868 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Poynter, Edward John (Sir), born 1836 - died 1919 (designer)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case NN, shelf 3

Physical description

Blue and white rectangular, landscape-oriented design for tiles. A naturalistic, thorny sprig of roses, rosebuds and leaves is depicted against a plain, whiteish ground enclosed within a blue border.

Place of Origin

London (probably, designed)


1868 (designed)


Poynter, Edward John (Sir), born 1836 - died 1919 (designer)


Height: 135 mm, Width: 213 mm

Object history note

Edward John Poynter was invited to tender for the decoration of the Grill Room in November 1865. He signed many of his dado tile designs for the Grill Room with his monogram and the date 1868. Although this particular example does not appear to bear any such information, it was probably made at around the same time. Indeed, judging from the Seventeenth Report of the Science and Art Department, the Grill Room's dado tiles were all installed by the end of 1869 at the latest.

Descriptive line

Dado tile design by E. J. Poynter for the Grill Room, South Kensington Museum: 1 of 3 botanical subjects (roses). About 1868.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Seventeenth Report of the Science and Art Department. London: printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1870
p. 455
pp. 139-141; figs. 153-156; pls. XXVII-XXIX
Physick, John. The Victoria and Albert Museum: The History of Its Building. London: The Victoria & Albert Museum, 1982
Sheppard, F. H. W. (general ed.). Survey of London, vol. XXXVIII: The Museums Area of South Kensington and Westminster. London: Athlone Press, University of London, 1975
p. 111 and pl. 15


Watercolour; Pencil



Subjects depicted

Flowers, rosebuds; Roses (flowers); Flowers (plants); Plant; Wall tile; Leaves (plant materials)


History of the V&A; Ceramics; Delftware; Designs; Interiors; National Art Training School; Tiles


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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