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Scenery figure wallpaper fragment from Salem, Massachusetts. Pastoral scene of children in wooded setting playing on a see-saw made from a stump and log. Block-printed in black, red, light tan, pale yellow, dusty pink, pale mauve and multiple shades of gray, brown, green, and blue on a light blue-gray ground. Fragment is two long pieces patched together.
paper (fiber product)
block printing (relief printing process)
"Mary S. Humphrey" (handwritten)
"Old French Wallpaper (late 18th Century) / found in the garret of a Salme wall-paper / dealer and used in the dining room of the / "Old Assembly House," Salem, when it / was bought by Mrs. John Bertram / (my "Aunt Mary Ann")." / Aruther D. Ropes [signature] (First line was covered over with a piece of tape.)
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
30 x 22 1/4 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bernard Scott