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Wallpaper

Wallpaper
1853 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Wallpaper specimen with a simple pattern emulating mouldings with stylized flowers in blue and white, on a grey ground; Colour print, probably from woodblocks, on a thin brittle woodpulp paper; From a pattern book containing 81 specimens; Produced by Richard Goodlad & Co.


Object details

Category
Object type
TitleWallpaper (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Colour print, probably from woodblocks, on paper
Brief description
Wallpaper specimen; Colour print on paper; from a pattern book containing 81 specimens (E.1569-1649-1934); Produced by Richard Goodlad & Co.; England; 1853.
Physical description
Wallpaper specimen with a simple pattern emulating mouldings with stylized flowers in blue and white, on a grey ground; Colour print, probably from woodblocks, on a thin brittle woodpulp paper; From a pattern book containing 81 specimens; Produced by Richard Goodlad & Co.
Dimensions
  • Size of volume height: 57.2cm
  • Size of volume width: 49.2cm
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.
Credit line
Given by the Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd.
Object history
Given by the Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd.
Historical context
This simple pattern is printed in two colours on a thin brittle woodpulp paper and would have been one of the cheapest papers available at this date. The pattern book also includes some machine prints and was clearly aimed at low-income groups. By the mid-19th century, wallpaper manufacturing had been established in most sizeable towns in Britain and local retailers and decorators no longer relied exclusively on London for their stock.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic references
  • 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.
  • Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings Accessions 1934 London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1935
Collection
Accession number
E.1607-1934

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Record createdMarch 12, 2009
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