Owen Jones, 'Wallpaper sample

Owen Jones, 'Wallpaper sample

Owen Jones (1809-74)
Wallpaper sample, designed for Jeffrey & Co.
About 1860
Colour print from woodblocks
Given by Miss Catherine Jones, sister of the artist
Museum no. 8336:106

Jones passionately believed that direct representations of natural objects should be avoided at all costs. He felt, for example, that realistic depictions of flowers would disturb the 'flatness' of a wall if used in a wallpaper design. He drew inspiration from the stylised flower forms show in some of the samples of ornament exhibited here in this drawing for one of the Persian pages from 'The Grammar of Ornament'. Jones sourced these patterns from Persian manuscripts in the British Museum's collections.

This wallpaper sample is an example of how Jones applied the abstract flower forms exemplified in the 'Persian No. 1' page to domestic design.

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