Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850-1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from woodblocks, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Curator of the City Museum, Gloucester

  • Museum number:

    E.771-1955

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 405M, case SR1, shelf A, box 1 []

By the mid-19th century French wallpapers had reached an unprecedented level of technical expertise. As in Britain, naturalistic floral designs and designs with trompe l'oeil (‘trick of the eye’, an illusion) architectural features were very popular. However, this was exactly the kind of wallpaper pattern that dominated the displays of wallpaper manufacture at the Great Exhibition held in London in 1851. Such wallpapers appalled the design critics, who argued instead that they should be composed of flat and unassertive patterns.

Physical description

Two portions of wallpaper with a naturalistic floral stripe against a blue ground, framed by a rococo pilaster motif, intended for use together to show the complete repeat; Design features a bunches of roses, dahlias and hollyhocks and sprays of convolvulus, on a blue ground, with borders simulating moulding; Colour print from woodblocks, on paper.

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1850-1860 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from woodblocks, on paper

Dimensions

Length: 269.3 cm each, Width: 50.8 cm

Object history note

Given by the Curator of the City Museum, Gloucester.
These unused specimens of wallpaper were discovered at Hardwicke, near Gloucester.

Descriptive line

Two portions of wallpaper with a naturalistic floral stripe against a blue ground, framed by a rococo pilaster motif, intended for use together to show the complete repeat; Colour print from woodblocks, on paper; Anonymous; France; ca. 1850-60.

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.

Production Note

These unused specimens of wallpaper were discovered at Hardwicke, near Gloucester.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Convolvulus; Hollyhocks; Flowers; Pilasters; Dahlias (flowers); Moulding; Roses

Categories

Wall coverings; The Great Exhibition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.