Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1840-1860

GUSN

GUSN-283531

Description

Wallpaper fragment from the Sumner Taylor House, Ashby, Massachusetts. Diaper pattern paper block-printed in three browns and white on ochre satin ground. Dorothy Waterhouse refered to this as the "Longfellow" pattern because of its use in the Longfellow House, Portland, Maine. The pattern was also used in the Nelson Room at the Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, Massachussets.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
block printing (relief printing process)
diaper patterns
Wallpaper

Inscription

"483" (pattern number?)
"From / Miss Allison / Fitchburg, Mass- / Second paper in Sumner Taylor/house, Ashby - Covered the block / print paper which was first paper - / This is the "Longfellow" pattern, same as / in Longfellow house, Portland, Me - / Circa 1840" (written on scrap paper)

Pattern

Longfellow

Pattern No.

483

Associated Building

Original To Sumner Taylor House,

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

11 1/8 x 19 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.274

Places

Ashby (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Fitchburg (Worcester county, Massachusetts)

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

unused

Ground Color

Ochre

State

Original

Type

Machine Made

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

diamond

Period/Style

Diaper Pattern