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  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, printed)
    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890-1910 (printed)
    1890 - 1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown
    Unknown (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:

    E.1007-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 40

This is an advertisement for hand-block printed wallpapers. The printer is shown in medieval costume, rather than contemporary clothes, but the process of block printing is accurately represented. The wood block, with the pattern cut into its surface so as to leave the raised areas for printing, has been inked, and registered with the previous impression. It is then impressed firmly and evenly onto the paper, using additional pressure via a foot-operated lever. One hundred years ago, woodblock-printed wallpapers were considerably more expensive than machine-printed papers because the process was more labour intensive and took much longer to complete.

Physical description

Colour lithographs of pictorial advertisments, advertising a wide range of products

Place of Origin

London (probably, printed)
England (made)

Date

ca. 1890-1910 (printed)
1890 - 1910 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown
Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Dimensions

Height: 28.8 cm, Width: 21.6 cm

Descriptive line

Anonymous. Pictorial advertisements c. 1890-1910.

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

Victoria & Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illlustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921.

Techniques

Colour lithograph

Subjects depicted

Wallpaper; Printing press; Printer

Categories

Advertisements; Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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