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Daisy

Wallpaper
1864 (produced), 01/02/1864 (design registered)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Specimen of 'Daisy' wallpaper, a design featuring a variety of plants with white, red and yellow flowers, on a pale ground with green flecks suggestive of grass; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
block-printed in distemper colours, on paper
Brief Description
Specimen of 'Daisy' wallpaper, a design featuring a variety of plants with white, red and yellow flowers, on a pale ground with green flecks suggestive of grass; The flat simple frontal motif was adapted from a tapestry shown in an illuminated manuscript at the British Museum; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper; The second paper William Morris designed, but the first to be issued (1864); Published by Morris & Co.; Printed by Jeffrey & Co.; England; 1864.
Physical Description
Specimen of 'Daisy' wallpaper, a design featuring a variety of plants with white, red and yellow flowers, on a pale ground with green flecks suggestive of grass; Block-printed in distemper colours, on paper.
Dimensions
  • Height: 687mm
  • Width: 544mm
Style
Credit line
Given by Sydney Vacher
Object history
This was the first wallpaper designed by William Morris to be put into production. The source of the flat simple frontal motif of the pattern can be seen in a wall hanging illustrated in a fifteenth-century version of Froissart’s Chronicles, shown in an illuminated manuscript at the British Museum (BL Ms 4380, fol. 1).
Production
The second paper William Morris designed, but the first to be issued (1864).
Subject depicted
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.
  • Parry, Linda, ed. William Morris London : Philip Wilson in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 9 May-1 Sept. 1996, p.206.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1913, London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1914
Collection
Accession Number
E.2222-1913

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record createdJune 19, 2009
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