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Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1786 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Arthur et Robert (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from woodblocks

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.599-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case FREESTANDING

This panel is the work of the firm Arthur et Robert, which, aside from Réveillon, was the most important wallpaper manufacturer in France in the late 18th century. The firm was established by Arthur in 1772, later becoming Arthur et Grenard, and ultimately becoming Arthur et Robert around 1789 when Grenard retired and the paper merchant Francois Robert took his place. They specialised in making printed panels, screens and overdoors, many with landscape subjects. This panel (one of a pair, see E.598-2005) is one of their most ambitious productions, and is a precursor of the wall-size scenic decorations produced in France from the early 19th century.

Physical description

Italianate landscape with printed paper 'twisted ribbon' style borders

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1786 (made)

Artist/maker

Arthur et Robert (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from woodblocks

Dimensions

Height: 76 cm, Width: 117 cm

Descriptive line

Wallpaper, printed overdoor with Italianate scene, manufactured by Arthur et Robert, Paris, ca. 1786

Subjects depicted

Landscape

Categories

Prints; Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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