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Mickey Mouse

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd. (manufacturer)
    Walt Disney Studio (artists)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-painted, with flock, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Arthur Sanderson & Sons' branch of the Wall Paper Manufacturers Ltd. Design © Disney Enterprises Inc.

  • Museum number:

    E.3100-1930

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 47

The first film starring the cartoon character Mickey Mouse appeared in 1928. It was made by the Walt Disney studio. This wallpaper was produced only two years later, which shows how quickly Mickey Mouse became popular. It is also a very early example of commercial products linked to films for children. Wallpapers designed specifically for children first appeared in the1850s and became an increasingly important part of the wallpaper market.

Physical description

Portion of 'Mickey Mouse' border and frieze, with Mickey and Minnie Mouse waving at multiple versions of Mickey Mouse flying in aeroplanes; Hand-painted, with flock and hand-painting.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1930 (made)

Artist/maker

Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd. (manufacturer)
Walt Disney Studio (artists)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-painted, with flock, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 29.6 cm frieze, Width: 53 cm frieze, Height: 23.7 cm border, Width: 53.3 cm border

Object history note

Given by Arthur Sanderson & Sons' branch of the Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd.

Descriptive line

Portion of 'Mickey Mouse' border and frieze, with Mickey and Minnie Mouse waving at multiple versions of Mickey Mouse flying in aeroplanes; Colour machine print, with flock and hand-painting; Produced by Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd; English; ca. 1930.

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. 138. pl 123.

Materials

Flock; Paper

Techniques

Hand painted; Flocking; Colour machine print

Subjects depicted

Aeroplane

Categories

Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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