Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1815-1820

GUSN

GUSN-272764

Description

Four fragments of wallpaper mounted on paperboard. The paper is printed with a Landscape Figure pattern in a brown sepia-tone on off-white ground. Two pastoral scenes are visible, though the color is greatly faded and the details of the images are difficult to discern. One scene (A-B fragments) is of two shepardesses with sheep and a basket. The second scene (C-D fragments) is of two men and a woman. One man is seated, the other man stands holding a staff and the woman stands beside him holding what appears to be a basket. Above and below these scenes are smaller vignettes of a basket with musical instruments or trophies alternating with flowers in a basket. A fragment of floral border is attached along the top of fragment C. The border is block-printed in orange, brown and three greens on an off-white ground. There are shadows on the fragments indicating verticle borders once separated the scenes, as was typical for this style of wallcovering.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
block printing (relief printing process)
scenic wallpapers
pastoral
Wallpaper

Inscription

"WW12 / WW10" (Written on fragments A and C. Meaning unknown.)

Associated Person

Waterhouse, Dorothy S.

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

11 1/2 x 19 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.67A-D

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

wall fragment

Ground Color

White

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Use

Pastoral

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

Pastoral
Sheep
Shepardess
Shepard
Basket
Figures

Period/Style

Scenery Figure