Drawing, Design for Woven Paisley
This is a drawing. It is dated 1825–40 and we acquired it in 1909. Its medium is brush and orange-pink gouache on brown oiled translucent paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Pattern drawers would first draft their paisley designs onto plain paper, usually in gouache. The pattern would then be transferred onto point paper, a type of specialized graph paper for planning weaving drafts, before being turned over for production.
Its dimensions are
9.3 × 6.7 cm (3 11/16 × 2 5/8 in.) Mat: 18 × 14 cm (7 1/16 × 5 1/2 in.)
It has the following markings
Stamp in black ink, lower right, L.457c: Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for Woven Paisley; brush and orange-pink gouache on brown oiled translucent paper; 9.3 × 6.7 cm (3 11/16 × 2 5/8 in.) Mat: 18 × 14 cm (7 1/16 × 5 1/2 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1909-13-100
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Paisley.