Wallpaper and tile design for Houses of Parliament

Design
1908 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Full-sized design with lion passant regardant set in a diamond. VR in a smaller square, and foliage patterns in two parallelograms. Much of the pattern has been pricked for transfer.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil with yellow wash and red, green, blue, brown and pink body colours
Brief Description
Design for wallpaper for the Houses of Parliament by A.W. N. Pugin, pencil and bodycolour, 1847-1851.
Physical Description
Full-sized design with lion passant regardant set in a diamond. VR in a smaller square, and foliage patterns in two parallelograms. Much of the pattern has been pricked for transfer.
Dimensions
  • Height: 735mm
  • Width: 545mm
Marks and Inscriptions
Inscribed in another hand 'Green 1 / Pink 2 / White 3 / Blue 4 / Red 5 / Brown 6'
Gallery Label
17 DESIGN FOR A WALLPAPER 1851 Pugin probably based this design on a 15th-century wall painting in Salisbury. It was reproduced as a flock wallpaper and used in the Houses of Parliament, but could also be adapted for tiles. Pencil, with wash and bodycolour; the pattern has been pricked for transfer Designed by A.W.N. Pugin; for manufacture by Frederick Crace & Son, London Inscribed in a hand other than Pugin’s Museum no. D.741-1908
Subject depicted
Associated Object
Bibliographic References
  • Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, p. 228.
  • Robinson, J.C. The Treasury of Ornamental Art , 1857
Collection
Accession Number
D.741-1908

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record createdJune 30, 2009
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