Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1770-1790

GUSN

GUSN-283961

Description

Three fragments of sprig wallpaper from the General Sylvanus Thayer birthplace in Braintree, Massachusetts. Small sprig pattern with palmette figures block-printed in blue, black, white and pink on orange ground. Wove paper in partial sheets.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
wove paper
block printing (relief printing process)
floral patterns
Wallpaper

Inscription

"First paper hung in / the front hall of the / Gen. Sylvanus Thayer house / in Braintree. It is / made in elephant sheets. / Sylvanus's mother hung / this paper in his honor / when he graduated from / West Point. He later / became the head of / West Point - He was / born in the house built about / 1749 - " (handwritten)

Associated Building

Original To General Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace, Front Hall

Related Items

Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.335A-C
Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.336
Title Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.337AB
Title Reproduction Wallpaper Accession Number 2001.281.826

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

11 1/2 x 13 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.334A-C

Places

Braintree (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

Wall fragment

Ground Color

Orange

State

Original

Type

Handmade

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Paper Finish

Wove

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

sprigs
dots
palmette figures

Period/Style

Sprig