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Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)
    Doddington Hall (paper hung)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr G. E. Jarvis

  • Museum number:

    E.474-1914

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 5 (1)

This paper was designed to imitate a 'print room'. This was a room decorated with prints that had been pasted on to the walls, with the addition of printed paper frames and borders. It was intended to give the impression of a room hung with framed pictures. Designing and installing a print room was a fashionable hobby for the wealthy in the 1760s and 1770s. Using a wallpaper with a 'print room' design was a cheaper way of achieving the same effect. This is one of several print room papers from Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire; it was hung as part of the major redecoration of the house undertaken by Sir John Hussey Delaval around 1760.

Physical description

Portion of wallpaper with a design of framed prints and medallions interspersed with sprays of flowers, printed in black, brown, pale blue, grey, white and pink on a bright blue ground; Colour woodblock print, on paper; Stamped on the back with the Georgian Excise duty stamp.

Place of Origin

England (printed)
Doddington Hall (paper hung)

Date

ca. 1760 (printed)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 81.6 cm portion, Width: 54.3 cm portion

Object history note

Given by Mr G. E. Jarvis.

Provenance: Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire.
Doddington Hall was ‘Georgianized’ by Sir John Hussey Delaval, circa 1760. This paper and E.472-1914, E,473-1914 and E.475-1914 were formerly attributed to John Baptist Jackson.

Historical context note

One of the medallions shows a pair of lovers seated on a garden bench, a design which relates to one by C. N. Cochin the Younger, of circa 1745, and to designs engraved by Robert Hancock for use on Battersea enamels, Worcester and Bow porcelain (see Cyril Cook, The Life and Work of Robert Hancock, London, 1948, item 2, fig 3 and pp 29 and 59). Examples of an enamel and of porcelain showing variants of this design are in the Department of Ceramics (VAM): a Bow plate, printed in red (no 2908-1901), Worcester cups and saucers (Schreiber Collection, vol I, p 651) and a Staffordshire enamel snuff-box (Schreiber Collection, vol III, p 344). See SE, pl 3; Greysmith, pl 36.

Descriptive line

Portion of wallpaper with a design of framed prints and medallions interspersed with sprays of flowers, printed in black, brown, pale blue, grey, white and pink on a bright blue ground; Colour woodblock print, on paper; Stamped on the back with the Georgian Excise duty stamp; From Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire; English, ca. 1760.

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

Oman, Charles C., and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.
Saunders, Gill. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications. London. 2002. pp. 86-87. pl 72.

Production Note

Doddington Hall was ‘Georgianized’ by Sir John Hussey Delaval, circa 1760. This paper and E.472-1914, E,473-1914 and E.475-1914 were formerly attributed to John Baptist Jackson.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Subjects depicted

People; Flowers (plants); Bridges (built works); Frames (furnishings); Landscapes (representations); Prints; Medallions; Frames (ornament areas); Moulding

Categories

Wall coverings; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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