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2001.281.965 (RS195175)

Description

Fragment of wallpaper affixed to paperboard with printed label "Wall Paper from Governor Gore House, Waltham, Massachusetts." Known as the "Devil Paper" or "Devils Paper", the wallpaper's pattern is influenced by the grotesque figures of French printmaker Jacques Callot (1592-1635). The pattern, block-printed in black on light cream ground, depicts numerous scenes of grotesque figures in silhouette. The figures have horns, claws, tails and carry knives, sticks, and whips. Most of the scenes depict physical violence. Photographic evidence indicates this fragment of wallpaper was previously framed and hung in the stairhall of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1820-1840
Inscriptions
"Wall Paper from / Governor Gore House, Waltham, Massachusetts" (printed)
"Copy of work of / Jacques Callot / 1608 / Punishments / Sins of Man / This paper / circa 1805" (Written in pencil and ballpoint pen.)
Location of origin
France
Associated Building
Original To Gore Place (Waltham, Mass.). Associated With Beauport (Gloucester, Mass.).
Material
block printing (relief printing process)
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Building Component
Places
France
Gloucester (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Waltham (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
block printing (relief printing process)
grotesques
paper (fiber product)
Wallpaper
wallpapers
People and organizations
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Dimensions
14 3/8 x 10 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2001.281.965
Credit Line
Gift of Bernard Scott
GUSN
290872

Wallpaper Details

Medium
Paper
Print Technique
Block Printed
Decor Motif
Devils
Demons
Grotesque
Period/Style
Novelty
Form
wall fragment
State
Original
Paper Type
Machine Made
Use
Sidewall/Fill
Print Dimensions
Print dimensions: repeat height 7 (inches)

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