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Wallpaper

Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830-1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood block print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Stanley Mills

  • Museum number:

    E.811-2002

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case B, shelf 12

Wallpapers illustrating elements of Gothic architecture were popular in the early 19th century. In 1841 the architect and designer A.W.N. Pugin wrote dismissively of 'What are commonly termed Gothic pattern papers for hanging on walls, where a wretched caricature of a pointed building is repeated from skirting to cornice, door over pinnacle and pinnacle over door'. He noted that there was 'a great variety of these miserable patterns', and that the style was 'a great favourite with hotel and tavern keepers'.

Physical description

Fragment of wallpaper with design of gothic architecture, showing part of a window and a pinnacle, painted in dark brown and white on a buff-coloured ground.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1830-1840 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wood block print on paper

Dimensions

Height: 46 cm irregular, torn, Width: 36 cm irregular, torn

Descriptive line

Fragment of wallpaper with 'gothic' architecture pattern, England, ca. 1830-1840.

Materials

Tempera; Paper

Techniques

Block printed

Subjects depicted

Architecture

Categories

Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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