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2001.281.250.2 (RS186058)

Description

The second of three decorative papers once applied to a fireboard (see .1 and .3), printed with both an original image and a reversed image tranferred from another paper. Original paper appears to have been block-printed in three grays, black, and orange on white or off-white ground.The well preserved image of an urn appears to have transferred onto the back of the wallpaper applied on top of it. The transfer image, which appears in reverse, depicts a large urn with lion's head, grape vines, acanthus leaves and other classical motifs. The urn's base is inscribed in script and block-printed with "To Daniel Webster [illegible and missing text] of the Constitution of the United [missing text] from the Citizens of Boston [illegible and missing text]." The print may commemorate the Webster - Hayne senatorial debate of 1829-1830.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1830-1840
Inscriptions
"To Daniel Webster [illegible and missing text] of the Constitution of the United [missing text] from the Citizens of Boston [illegible and missing text]." (Visible in reverse as a transfer of the original. Printed in both script and block lettering. Commemorative inscription incorporated into the object's design.)
Location of origin
United States
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Building Component
Places
United States
Descriptive terms
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
Wallpaper
wallpapers
People and organizations
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Dimensions
32 1/2 x 36 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2001.281.250.2
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard Scott
GUSN
283370
Related Items
Title Fireboard Accession number 2001.281.250.3AB Relationship Third, or uppermost, paper from same fireboard. Tranferred image 2001.281.250.2 is on the back of this paper.
Title Fireboard Accession number 2001.281.250.1

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique
Block Printed
Decor Motif
Lion
acanthus leaves
grapes
grape vine
urn
egg and dart
Period/Style
NeoClassical
Form
fireboard

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