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Mistress Mary

Wallpaper
1903 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Portion of a wallpaper and frieze, 'Mistress Mary', based on the popular English nursery rhyme 'Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary'; Machine-printed from 6 engraved rollers, on paper.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Machine-printed from 6 engraved rollers, on paper
Brief Description
Portion of a wallpaper and frieze, 'Mistress Mary', based on the popular English nursery rhyme 'Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary'; Designed by Walter Crane; Machine-printed from 6 engraved rollers, on paper; Produced by Lightbown, Aspinall & Co.; England; 1903.
Physical Description
Portion of a wallpaper and frieze, 'Mistress Mary', based on the popular English nursery rhyme 'Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary'; Machine-printed from 6 engraved rollers, on paper.
Dimensions
  • Height: 243cm
  • Width: 106.4cm
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.
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
1903 (Dated.)
Subjects depicted
Literary ReferenceBased on the popular English nursery rhyme 'Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary'. The rhyme was first printed in Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book (c. 1744). There are a number of versions of the rhyme and its origins and meaning are disputed.
Associated Objects
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.
  • Jennings, A. S. Wallpaper Decoration, 1907.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2330-1920

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