Wallpaper

Collection Type

  • Wallpaper

Date

1820-1840

GUSN

GUSN-290872

Description

Fragment of wallpaper affixed to paperboard with printed label "Wall Paper from Governor Gore House, Waltham, Massachusetts." Known as the "Devil Paper" or "Devils Paper", the wallpaper's pattern is influenced by the grotesque figures of French printmaker Jacques Callot (1592-1635). The pattern, block-printed in black on light cream ground, depicts numerous scenes of grotesque figures in silhouette. The figures have horns, claws, tails and carry knives, sticks, and whips. Most of the scenes depict physical violence. Photographic evidence indicates this fragment of wallpaper was previously framed and hung in the stairhall of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wallpapers
paper (fiber product)
block printing (relief printing process)
grotesques
Wallpaper

Inscription

"Wall Paper from / Governor Gore House, Waltham, Massachusetts" (printed)
"Copy of work of / Jacques Callot / 1608 / Punishments / Sins of Man / This paper / circa 1805" (Written in pencil and ballpoint pen.)

Associated Building

Original To Gore Place (Waltham, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

France

Object Type

Building Component

Dimensions

14 3/8 x 10 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard Scott

Accession Number

2001.281.965

Places

Waltham (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Gloucester (Essex county, Massachusetts)
France

Wallpaper Details

Print Technique

Block Printed

Form

wall fragment

Ground Color

Cream

State

Original

Type

Machine Made

Use

Sidewall/Fill

Medium

Paper

Decor Motif

Devils
Demons
Grotesque

Period/Style

Novelty