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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1875 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Basil Ionides

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2B, shelf DR58, box DW3I

Many middle-class homes in the later 19th century had a nursery. This room provided separate accommodation for the children of the family and the nursemaid, nanny and governess who looked after them. All kinds of furnishings were designed specially for children, including nursery wallpapers. The designs considered suitable for nursery wallpapers were either educational or morally improving subjects. These wallpapers were usually decorated with pictures. This paper has brightly coloured scenes of figures in landscape settings illustrating spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Physical description

Sample of nursery wallpaper with pictorial representations of the Four Seasons; Colour woodblock print, on paper.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1850-1875 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print, on paper


Height: 76.3 cm, Width: 53.3 cm

Object history note

Given by Mr Basil Ionides.

Descriptive line

Sample of nursery wallpaper with pictorial representations of the Four Seasons; Colour woodblock print, on paper; English; ca. 1850-75.

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. 134. pl 120.




Colour woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Snow; Four Seasons; Dog; Children


Wall coverings; Children & Childhood; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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