Boric Acid 8.34

Wallpaper
1951 (made)
Boric Acid 8.34 thumbnail 1
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 503
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is one of a series of wallpapers which were designed and produced for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Each pattern in the series was inspired by the crystalline structure of a chemical compound, in this case boric acid. The crystallographer in this instance was Helen Megaw. The series was developed as the result of a collaboration between the Festival Pattern Group and the wallpaper manufacturer John Line & Sons Ltd. The four wallpapers produced for the Festival were used extensively in the Festival site - in the Regatta Restaurant, the Exhibition of Science and in the Dome of Discovery.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour screenprint
Brief Description
Portion of a wallpaper with a design based on the crystalline structures of boric acid, pattern group 8.34, featuring yellow circles, red triangles and white dots, on a dark-green ground; Screen print, on paper; Designed by William J. Odell; Produced by John Line & Sons Ltd for the Festival of Britain; England; 1951.
Physical Description
Portion of a wallpaper with a design based on the crystalline structures of boric acid, pattern group 8.34, featuring yellow circles, red triangles and white dots, on a dark-green ground; Screen print, on paper.
Dimensions
  • Height: 75cm
  • Width: 54.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 1951 FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN PATTERN GROUP 8.34 1951 FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN (Lettered along selvage.)
  • FESTIVAL PATTERN-GROUP WALL-PAPER. / Hand-printed. The design by W. J. Odell based / on the crystal structure of boric acid. Made by / John Line & Sons. ENGLISH; 1951. / Given by the manufacturers. C. 19356. (Lettered on paper label, attached to front of design.)
Object history
Produced by John Line & Sons Ltd for the Festival of Britain.
Production
Produced by John Line & Sons Ltd for the Festival of Britain.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This is one of a series of wallpapers which were designed and produced for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Each pattern in the series was inspired by the crystalline structure of a chemical compound, in this case boric acid. The crystallographer in this instance was Helen Megaw. The series was developed as the result of a collaboration between the Festival Pattern Group and the wallpaper manufacturer John Line & Sons Ltd. The four wallpapers produced for the Festival were used extensively in the Festival site - in the Regatta Restaurant, the Exhibition of Science and in the Dome of Discovery.
Bibliographic References
  • Lesley Jackson From Atoms to Patterns. Crystal structure designs from the 1951 Festival of Britain Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset: Richard Dennis, 2008. ISBN: 978 0 9553741 1 1.
  • 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.886-1978

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record createdAugust 27, 2008
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