Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1880-1890

GUSN

GUSN-286926

Description

Multiple fragments of scenery figure wallpaper from West Newton, Massachusetts. The wallpaper pattern consists of two alternating columns, each with two different alternating scenes, one large and one small. The scenes include a castle wall with towers, a timber frame cottage, an arched building with arched windows and entry, and a patio with peacock and pagoda-like building. The scenes have a medieval or old world theme and may represent a particular place or places. The pattern's asymmetrical, framed scenes and coloring are in keeping with Anglo-Japanese papers of the period. Roller-printed in pale yellow, pale blue, maroon, black, and four shades of green on olive ground.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
scenic wallpapers
Anglo-Japanese
Wallpaper

Inscription

"From Mr. Alexander / Late Victorian" (handwritten)
"Frank Alexander - / W. Newton - 3 tenement / Zenith products - / Found in corner / Cherry St. / Mr. Thomas Kepothorp[?] / 1725 - upper story leading / to attic- / 6 panels with castles - " (On back (not recorded here) are notes about the Greyhound schedule leaving Fitchburg & Leominster and arriving at Haywood Farms. )
"Scraps of old wallpaper / from old building at / 432 Cherry St. W Newton / cellar shelf / [arrow] DO NOT RETURN" (Text 1, front of tag. Text 2, back of tag.)
"Also a framed panel of / this wallpaper on / display at the / Jackson Homestead" (handwritten)

Associated Person

Waterhouse, Dorothy S.

Maker

Unknown

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.512A-C

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Machine Printed

Form

wall fragement

Ground Color

Olive

State

Original

Type

Machine Made

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

structures
castles
towers
cottage
medieval
landscapes

Period/Style

Scenery Figure