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Design - Wallpaper design for Houses of Parliament
  • Wallpaper design for Houses of Parliament
    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852
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Wallpaper design for Houses of Parliament

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1848 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour on green-tinted paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. D. Crace FSA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case DD, shelf 27

A. W. N. Pugin (1812-1852) is most famous as the decorator of the Palace of Westminster in London. He had made careful study of the medieval woven silk textiles that were preserved in the cathedral treasuries of France. Such silks are also often represented in the backgrounds of late Gothic paintings. He made numerous rapid sketches of interesting examples, as well as of other patterns in different media. He also had an acute visual memory. This meant that he could draw on a large repertory of authentic details for his patterns. Wallpaper was not introduced to Europe until the 16th century, and so was a relatively new medium of decoration. But Pugin used large-scale patterns in the Gothic style and applied them boldly.

Physical description

Full-size design for a pattern containing a pineapple and cinquefoil flowers within a leaf shape. The shape is supported on a pair of ogee stems which are decorated with quatrefoil flowers and foliage. The stems enclose an elaborate fleur-de-lys, and to either side of the leaf shape are tripartate leaf motifs. One and a half motifs given to the wallpaper width.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1848 (made)


A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour on green-tinted paper


Height: 60 cm, Width: 52.2 cm

Descriptive line

A.W.N. Pugin, Full-size design for a wallpaper for the Palace of Westminster. 1848. Pencil and watercolour.

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

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, p. 222.


Pencil; Wash

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Pineapple; Fleur-de-lys; Leaf


Wall coverings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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