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Page from a wallpaper sample book - No.19 in 'The Decorative Use of Wallpaper'

No.19 in 'The Decorative Use of Wallpaper'

  • Object:

    Page from a wallpaper sample book

  • Place of origin:

    England (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1910 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour half-tone

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3B, shelf Y66 (ABOVE)

Wallpaper manufacturers and decorating firms have published pattern books showing rooms decorated with specific wallpapers and matching furnishings since the late 19th century. Here a bathroom is decorated with a so-called 'sanitary' paper, that is, a wallpaper designed to be washable. In this instance the paper imitates glazed brickwork. The ceiling border is Anaglypta, a popular kind of embossed wall-covering of the period, often used to imitate plaster mouldings, cornices and similar features.

Physical description

Wallpaper sample

Place of Origin

England (published)


ca. 1910 (published)



Materials and Techniques

Colour half-tone


Height: 22.8 cm size of volume, Width: 31.8 cm

Descriptive line

Page showing decorative scheme for a bathroom in The Decorative Use of Wallpapers, c.1910

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Saunders, Gill. Wallpaper in Interior Decoration. V&A Publications. London. 2002. pp. 129. pl 115.


Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Baths; Wallpaper border; Bathroom; Anaglypta; Wallpaper


Pattern books; Wall coverings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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