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Page from a wallpaper sample book - Clématite


  • Object:

    Page from a wallpaper sample book

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (published)

  • Date:

    1930 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paul Gruin (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour half-tone

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3B, shelf HIGH, box 2

Since the late 19th century wallpaper manufacturers and interior decorating firms have published pattern books showing artists' impressions of rooms furnished with specific wallpapers and matching furniture and fabrics. These were a help to customers, because it was difficult to judge the effect of a wall covered in a large-scale pattern using only a sample as a guide. Here the dominant wallpaper is a red-and-white floral pattern, hung with a matching plain red paper. This use of blocks of contrasting patterned and plain papers, often on the same wall, was typical of the fashionable decorating style of the period.

Physical description

Wallpaper sample

Place of Origin

Paris (published)


1930 (published)


Paul Gruin (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour half-tone


Height: 17.2 cm image, Width: 18.2 cm image, Height: 26.5 cm volume, Width: 29.5 cm volume

Descriptive line

One page of book of prints of interiors; P.G., Paris


Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Interior view; Chairs; Wallpaper; Bed; Bedroom


Wall coverings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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