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Wallpaper, Walter Crane, 1879. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Beach Scenes

Occasional thunderstorms aside, the recent warm weather has many people spending a lot of time daydreaming about the beach. Rather than braving the crowds and seagulls, however, I have done some exploring in the Prints, Drawings, and Paintings department, to discover what sand and sea-related objects can be found in our collection. If you also […]

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It’s a cover-up! Interior design at the South Kensington Museum

Something caught my eye in this old photograph of the V&A’s North Court taken in the late 19th century: The North Court in the late 19th century. Museum no. E.1101-1989. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London You may not recognise this space but you’ll have been in it if you’ve seen any of the V&A’s […]

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The Joy Wardrobe Part 2

Opening the two outer doors unveils another interesting feature of this miniature house. Each one is lined with a different patterned and coloured wallpaper. The wallpaper marks the Joy Wardrobe of 1712 as being a very desirable piece of furniture. The year it was made, the first taxes were charged on this fashionable commodity, at […]

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Under the Sea

Inspired by a visit to the London Aquarium, I recently spent a pleasurable hour trawling through the Factory, looking at the fish in our collection. Aside from offering endless pun possibilities, fish have significance in all cultures. They act as food and economy for many river and coastal towns, are the basis for one of […]

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Happy Birthday Ryan Giggs!

The Manchester United and former Wales footballer turns 40 today. The most decorated player in English football history made his first league start back in May 1991 and is the only player to have appeared and scored in all 21 Premier League campaigns so far. And here he is making another appearance, this time in our […]

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This Week’s Post: Free From Arsenic

It seems that V&A Conservation are in favour at the BBC at the moment. This week, V&A Senior Paper Conservator Susan Catcher is featured on the BBC Four documentary, Fabric of Britain: The Story of Wallpaper, talking about the difficulties (and dangers) of treating wallpaper containing arsenic. Death by Wallpaper? Prior to the late 18th […]

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Conservation and Mounting of a Chinese Export Wallpaper Panel

Paper Conservators at the V&A are responsible for everything from minute portrait miniature paintings to enormous printed posters. Historic wallpapers also come under their remit, and the V&A has an extremely fine collection. As part of a series of posts on new displays for the British Galleries, Senior Paper Conservator, Susan Catcher explains the processes […]

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Weird and Wonderful Wallpapers

“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.

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The Aesthetic Look

With just over a month to go before the exhibition opens its doors to the public, the press interest is growing. Last weekend the ‘How To Spend It’ feature in the Financial Times was inspired by The Cult of Beauty. Influenced by the paintings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the stylist Damian Foxe transformed the actress Bonnie Wright into a modern day Fanny Cornforth or Alexa Wilding (Rossetti’s models and muses) Dressed in flowing olive-green and coral coloured gowns, Bonnie Wright is shown surrounded by peacock feathers and opulent floral arrangements. If you would like to see the photographs and a …

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