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Nursery Rhymes

Wallpaper
1876 (made)
Artist/Maker

Portion of 'Nursery Rhymes' nursery wallpaper; Depicting elements of nursery rhymes, including; Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Little Jack Horner,the cow and dog of 'Hey Diddle Diddle' and the mouse and frog of 'Frog Went A-Courtin'. It also depicts Queen Anne sitting holding a blue and yellow parasol; With floral border affixed; Colour machine print, on paper.
read Wallpapers for children Thanks to the separation of workplace and home, British middle-class houses in the early 19th century had, for the first time, sufficient space to dedicate rooms, and even whole floors, to the accommodation of children and their carers – the nursemaid (later nanny) and the governess.
object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour machine print, on paper
Brief Description
Portion of 'Nursery Rhymes' nursery wallpaper; Depicting elements of nursery rhymes, including; Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Little Jack Horner,the cow and dog of 'Hey Diddle Diddle' and the mouse and frog of 'Frog Went A-Courtin'. It also depicts Queen Anne sitting holding a blue and yellow parasol; With floral border affixed; Design by Walter Crane; Colour machine print, on paper; Produced by Jeffrey & Co.; England; 1876.
Physical Description
Portion of 'Nursery Rhymes' nursery wallpaper; Depicting elements of nursery rhymes, including; Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Little Jack Horner,the cow and dog of 'Hey Diddle Diddle' and the mouse and frog of 'Frog Went A-Courtin'. It also depicts Queen Anne sitting holding a blue and yellow parasol; With floral border affixed; Colour machine print, on paper.
Dimensions
  • Overall size of portion height: 64.8cm
  • Overall size of portion width: 58.4cm
  • Depth of border depth: 6.4cm
Dimensions from: Oman, Charles C., and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.
Marks and Inscriptions
HEY DIDDLE / DIDDLE / MISS MOUSE / HORNER / HUSHABY / HUMPTY / QUEEN ANNE / MISS MUFFET (Lettered in various areas, as part of design.)
Credit line
Given by Mr Roger H. M. Warner
Object history
Given by Mr Roger H. M. Warner.

This paper was joined to object E.42B-1971 and E.42-1971, backed with pages from The Graphic (1879).
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Oman, Charles C., and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.
Collection
Accession Number
E.42-1971

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