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Design drawing - Design for wallpaper in Houses of Parliament
  • Design for wallpaper in Houses of Parliament
    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852
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Design for wallpaper in Houses of Parliament

  • Object:

    Design drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 140, box (I)

This design of strawberries is a copy of a design for a ceiling panel for the House of Lords Refreshment Room. It is one of 19 sheets of designs by Pugin for the ceiling featuring twelve fruit tree patterns of 'very pale yellow white on blue and red ground, perhaps a pale green' which survived intact in 1980.

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) is widely considered as one of the most significant and influential architects, designers and theorists of the 19th century. Following his conversion to Catholicism in 1835, he identified the Gothic style with Christian architecture and his work and writings inspired and framed the Gothic Revival. In 'Contrasts', published in 1836, he condemned classical forms and ardently praised 14th and 15th-century architecture. Pugin is best remembered for his work on the Palace of Westminster.

Physical description

Sketch design for two wallpaper patterns, one with a fleur-de-lys enclosed within an ogee border of flowers, and the other alternating pointed trefoil shapes which are filled with curving leaves and ogee stems.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


ca.1850 (made)


A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed '1/2 size'


Height: 492 mm, Width: 290 mm

Object history note

These two wall-paper designs were fully developed by Pugin.

Descriptive line

Design by A.W.N. Pugin for the ceiling of the House of Lords Refreshment Room.

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

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, p. 224.





Subjects depicted

Flowers; Fleur de lys; Leaves


Wall coverings; Drawings; Interiors; Designs

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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