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  • Place of origin:

    United States (probably, printed)

  • Date:

    late 19th century or early 20th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (designer)
    Unknown (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine print on laminated paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Samuel J. Dornsife

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case SH, shelf 34

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.

Physical description

Length of wallpaper with pattern of semi-naked female figures against a background of flowers, printed in shades of brown.

Place of Origin

United States (probably, printed)


late 19th century or early 20th century (printed)


Unknown (designer)
Unknown (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Machine print on laminated paper


Width: 53.6 cm, Length: 132.5 cm cut unevenly at one end

Descriptive line

Wallpaper with a pattern of semi-naked female figures. Probably American, late 19th or early 20th century.

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

Gill Saunders. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications, London, 2002. p.17, pl.8

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail

Subjects depicted



Wall coverings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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