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The Sleeping Beauty

Wallpaper
1879 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Jeffrey & Co. produced this nursery paper in the 1880s. They included it in their range of Patent Hygienic Wallpapers. The range was promoted as being free from arsenic (a poisonous substance) and also washable. In 1880 they re-issued the design, without the figures, as a block print called The Briar Rose. Walter Crane (1845-1915) was also an illustrator of children’s books. Many of his illustrations were adapted for nursery wallpapers.
read Wallpaper: health and cleanliness
read Wallpapers for children Thanks to the separation of workplace and home, British middle-class houses in the early 19th century had, for the first time, sufficient space to dedicate rooms, and even whole floors, to the accommodation of children and their carers – the nursemaid (later nanny) and the governess.
object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour machine print, on paper
Brief Description
Portion of 'The Sleeping Beauty' wallpaper, featuring characters from Sleeping Beauty, dogs and peacocks amidst branches of briar rose; Colour machine print, on paper; Designed by Walter Crane; Produced by Jeffrey & Co.; England; 1879.
Physical Description
Portion of 'The Sleeping Beauty' wallpaper, featuring characters from Sleeping Beauty, dogs and peacocks amidst branches of briar rose; Colour machine print, on paper.
Dimensions
  • Length: 310cm
  • Width: 56.8cm
Style
Credit line
Given by Mrs Elisabet Hidemark
Object history
Another portion of this wall-paper is in the Department of Prints and Drawings, E.4036-1915.
Subjects depicted
Literary ReferenceThe Sleeping Beauty by Jacon and Wilhelm Grimm
Summary
Jeffrey & Co. produced this nursery paper in the 1880s. They included it in their range of Patent Hygienic Wallpapers. The range was promoted as being free from arsenic (a poisonous substance) and also washable. In 1880 they re-issued the design, without the figures, as a block print called The Briar Rose. Walter Crane (1845-1915) was also an illustrator of children’s books. Many of his illustrations were adapted for nursery wallpapers.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic References
  • Saunders, Gill. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications. London, 2002. pp. 133. pl 118.
  • Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1968 London: HMSO, 1969.
Collection
Accession Number
E.60-1968

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record createdFebruary 7, 2003
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