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Two fragments of Art Nouveau wallpaper from the Whitney House, Stow, Massachusetts. Large scale design incorporating stylized flowers, vines and fruit into arch or striped pattern. Roller-printed in olive on olive ground.
paper (fiber product)
"From / Old Whitney house, Whitney Rd. / built before 1750 / Stow Mass / An earlier paper, probably the first - / I have seen as a few fragments are / still at the house - This is a / later paper!" (handwritten)
"Dear Dottie / I imagine you may have / retired from reproducing wallpaper / but because a friend, who lives in our old house across the road, gave / me some samples I'm sending them / along to you... one of these samples was taken from / behind an old corner cubbard in the / big fireplace room and one from under / a window frame and another layer / of wallpaper in an upstairs bedroom." (Excerpts from letter written by Priscilla Smith to Dorothy Waterhouse dated July 20, 1973.)
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
15 3/4 x 13 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bernard Scott