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  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (designer)
    Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embossed imitation leather, over-painted with white emulsion

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. Peter Probert

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 12

This embossed wallpaper by Walter Crane comes from what was the London house of Metford Warner, the proprietor of Jeffrey & Co. in the last quarter of the 19th century. Under Warner, Jeffrey & Co. became one of the most innovative and successful wallpaper manufacturers in Europe. They raised standards of design in the industry by employing artists such as Crane.

This pattern has not been identified as yet, but it includes many of the motifs Crane used in his designs, such the phoenix, a serpent, and pomegranates. Unfortunately the paper has been painted over with white emulsion; originally it would have been richly coloured and probably highlighted with gold pigment, in imitation of the 17th-century embossed leather wall-hangings it was designed to imitate.

Physical description

Length of embossed imitation leather wall-covering, which has been painted with white emulsion at a later date.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


late 19th century (made)


Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (designer)
Jeffrey & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Embossed imitation leather, over-painted with white emulsion


Height: 149 cm, Width: 54 cm

Descriptive line

Length of embossed wallpaper by Walter Crane, late 19th century

Subjects depicted

Serpents (animal); Phoenix; Pomegranate


Wall coverings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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