“My wallpaper is killing me. One of us will have to go” – Oscar Wilde.
Among many other things, the Prints, Drawings and Paintings collection also includes a spectacular selection of wallpapers. This post showcases some of the more striking, unusual and eclectic wall-coverings spanning the late 18th to the late 19th centuries. Click on the images if you would like more information about each one.
Potters of Darwen. “Perspective views of a Railway Station”. Lancashire, 1850-1853.
Colour woodblock print.
F. Scott & Son. Grotesque/comic wallpaper. British, 1870s.
Allan, Cockshut & Co. “Hindoo Gods”. London, 1880s.
Colour machine print.
F. Scott & Son. “Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee” Hawick, Scotland, 1887.
Colour print from engraved rollers.
Unknown. Wallpaper showing a birdcage and a drum. Lancashire, c.1800.
Etching hand-coloured with watercolours.
Unknown. Risqué wallpaper for a gentleman’s club. American, c.1900.
Machine print on laminated paper.