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Order book - Cowtan wallpaper order book

Cowtan wallpaper order book

  • Object:

    Order book

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1836-1841 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cowtan & Son (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Book containing cuttings of wallpapers and other materials, mostly colour prints from woodblocks, annotated in ink, and pasted into a volume bound in vellum.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr A. L. Cowtan, in memory of his father, Arthur Barnard Cowtan OBE

  • Museum number:

    E.1864-1946

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 96, shelf A, box 3

Cowtan & Son was a decorating firm with premises in Oxford Street, London. They supplied wallpapers to clients across Britain. Each order was recorded by date under the customer's name and address, and small samples of the papers purchased (and in some cases also fabrics and trimmings) were pasted in. These volumes comprise a valuable record of what people were actually buying, and shows that many resisted the changing fashions, and ignored the advice of design critics and decorating experts, in favour of the ever-popular bright florals, stripes, 'satins' and trellis patterns.

Physical description

One of twenty-four order books, containing cuttings of wallpapers and other materials for interior decoration, mostly colour prints from woodblocks, annotated in ink, and pasted into a bound volume; Bound in vellum.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1836-1841 (made)

Artist/maker

Cowtan & Son (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Book containing cuttings of wallpapers and other materials, mostly colour prints from woodblocks, annotated in ink, and pasted into a volume bound in vellum.

Dimensions

Height: 33.5 cm, Width: 28.5 cm, Depth: 16 cm

Object history note

Sold by Cowtan & Sons Ltd, formerly of Oxford Street, London.

Given by Mr A. L. Cowtan in memory of his father, Arthur Barnard Cowtan, OBE.

Descriptive line

One of twenty-four order books (E.1862 to 1885-1946), containing cuttings of wallpapers and other materials for interior decoration; Bound in vellum; Sold by Cowtan & Sons Ltd., formerly of Oxford Street, London; England; Book for the years 1836-41.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

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.

Materials

Paper; Vellum

Techniques

Bookbinding

Subjects depicted

Wallpaper

Categories

Shopping; Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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