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Furnishing fabric

Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Lancashire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1805 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Block-printed cotton, pencilled

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Calico Printers' Association

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118a, case 7

Object Type
For the first 20 years of the 19th century the finest and most expensive printed furnishings were polychrome woodblock-printed cottons, the technique used here. This fabric might have been used for curtains or upholstery. In this period it was particularly fashionable for the different furnishings used in a room, including window curtains and upholstery fabric, to match or complement each other.

Most of the leading printworks in the London area had closed down by the beginning of the 19th century, and the centre of the textiles printing industry had shifted to Lancashire and to Carlisle in Cumbria. This example is extremely close to original designs printed at the Bannister Hall works for Bateman & Todd, a leading firm of Manchester merchants, and it may have been commissioned by them from another printer.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric of block-printed cotton. Drab style pencilled (painted) in blue.

Place of Origin

Lancashire (made)


ca. 1805 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Block-printed cotton, pencilled


Width: 65.4 cm, Length: 44.8 cm

Object history note

Printed in Lancashire, possibly for the Manchester merchants Bateman & Todd

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric of block-printed cotton, Lancashire, ca. 1805

Labels and date

British Galleries:
The 'drab' style was fashionable for printed textiles between about 1800 and 1815. Its range of colours - browns, yellows, greens with occasional blue - was produced by the dye quercitron, which had been protected by patent until 1799. [27/03/2003]




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