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Fragment of rainbow wallpaper from Johnston, Rhode Island. Large-scale rosette and quatrefoil pattern. The rosette figures have a floral center radiating lacy, veined leaf figures. The quatrefoil figures are composed of scrolling acanthus leaves. Block-printed in gray and white stripes. Pink, yellow and blue irisé ground with visible brush strokes.
paper (fiber product)
block printing (relief printing process)
medallions (ornament areas)
"French / Rainbow paper of 1820's / Given me by / Miss Viets of Waltham Mass / On parlor - Johnston, R. I. / home of Wm. Waternose [?] / built 1810" (handwritten)
"G34" (Waterhouse identification or pattern number?)
Waterhouse, Dorothy S.
Original To Parlor
15 3/4 x 23 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bernard Scott