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Wallpaper

Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1848 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr A. L. Cowtan, in memory of his father Arthur Barnard Cowtan, O.B.E.

  • Museum number:

    E.128-1939

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2B, shelf DR85, box DW9

A.W.N. Pugin was an architect and designer who produced a number of wallpapers, often designed specifically for individual clients. This wallpaper was designed for Lady Macdonald Lockhart to use in Lee Castle in Lanarkshire. The design is of the kind known as a rebus in which the things represented stand for a name - here 'Lockhart' is represented by a heart motif within a lock, linked to smaller outer cirlces which contain the monogram ML. There is a second example of this paper in another colourway in the V&A, museum number E.129-1939.

Physical description

Wallpaper with a pattern containing the Lockhart monogram, motto and the rebus of a heart and a lock, in green and gold, on a darker green ground; Colour woodblock print, on paper.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

ca. 1848 (made)

Artist/maker

A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 81.3 cm, Width: 52 cm

Object history note

Given by Mr A. L. Cowtan, in memory of his father Arthur Barnard Cowtan, O.B.E.
This paper is one of two pieces (E.128-129-1939) made for Lady Macdonald Lockhart, for use in Lee Castle in Lanarkshire.

Descriptive line

Wallpaper with a pattern containing the Lockhart monogram, motto and the rebus of a heart and a lock, in green and gold, on a darker green ground; Colour woodblock print, on paper; Designed by A.W.N Pugin for Lady Macdonald Lockhart, for use in Lee Castle in Lanarkshire; Supplied by J. G. Crace; England; ca.1848.

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

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family: Catalogue of Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A, 1985), cat.320, p.197
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.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1939, published under the Authority of the Ministry of Education, London, 1950

Production Note

This paper is one of thirty-four specimens of wallpaper (E.103-136-1939), including different colourways, made for J. G. Crace, for several decorative schemes; after designs in the gothic manner by Pugin, with heraldic motifs.
This paper is one of two pieces (E.128-129-1939) made for Lady Macdonald Lockhart, Lee Castle.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Heart; Heraldic motifs; Lock

Categories

Wall coverings; Interiors; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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