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Sidewall, Honeysuckle, 1934

This is a sidewall. It was designed by May Morris and manufactured by Arthur Sanderson and Arthur Sanderson & Sons, Ltd. and made for Morris & Co.. It is dated 1934 and we acquired it in 1935. Its medium is block-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

May Morris learned to embroider from her mother and aunt before enrolling at the National Art Training School in London in 1881. Her studies included life drawing with and botanical sketches in the wild, a design practice she continued throughout her life. Such careful observations helped her to capture what she describes as “the garden tangle” of honeysuckle in this design.

This object was donated by Cowtan & Tout, Inc.. It is credited Gift of Cowtan & Tout, Inc..

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Sidewall, Willow
  • block-printed on paper.
  • Gift of Cowtan & Tout, Inc..
  • 1935-23-11

Its dimensions are

69 x 57.5 cm (27 3/16 x 22 5/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Honeysuckle, 1934; Designed by May Morris (British, 1862–1938); England; block-printed paper; 69 x 57.5 cm (27 3/16 x 22 5/8 in.); Gift of Cowtan & Tout, Inc.; 1935-23-13

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