Design for the interior decoration

Design for the interior decoration

Design for the interior decoration of 1 Grosvenor Crescent, London, featuring green patterned wallpaper and a door with stained glass panels
George Aitchison (1825-1910)
About 1886
Watercolour on paper
RIBA No. SB95 2

George Aitchison's interior decoration schemes contain exotic patterns and strong colours. These are common features of the Aesthetic style, popularised in late 19th century. Many British artists and designers at this time were inspired by Japanese art and uses stylised motifs based on natural forms. The front door has stained glass in two of the door's panels; a distinctive Victorian design innovation. You can see the only surviving example of Aitchison's decorative schemes in the Arab Hall of Leighton House, South Kensington.