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Wallpaper

late 19th century or early 20th century (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This wallpaper would not have been appropriate for a domestic interior; it was probably designed specifically for rooms used exclusively by men, perhaps in a gentlemen's club. It is printed on laminated paper in shades of brown, which suggests that it was intended for rooms where men would be smoking. The brown tones would not be obviously discoloured by tobacco smoke, and the laminated surface meant that the paper was washable, therefore it would not have to be replaced too often.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Machine print on laminated paper
Brief Description
Wallpaper with a pattern of semi-naked female figures. Probably American, late 19th or early 20th century.
Physical Description
Length of wallpaper with pattern of semi-naked female figures against a background of flowers, printed in shades of brown.
Dimensions
  • Width: 53.6cm
  • Cut unevenly at one end length: 132.5cm
Credit line
Given by Samuel J. Dornsife
Production
Reason For Production: Retail
Subject depicted
Summary
This wallpaper would not have been appropriate for a domestic interior; it was probably designed specifically for rooms used exclusively by men, perhaps in a gentlemen's club. It is printed on laminated paper in shades of brown, which suggests that it was intended for rooms where men would be smoking. The brown tones would not be obviously discoloured by tobacco smoke, and the laminated surface meant that the paper was washable, therefore it would not have to be replaced too often.
Bibliographic Reference
Gill Saunders. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications, London, 2002. p.17, pl.8
Collection
Accession Number
E.590-1994

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record createdNovember 18, 2002
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