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Sidewall, Arcadia, 1886

This is a Sidewall. It was designed by May Morris and printed by Arthur Sanderson and made for Morris & Co.. It is dated 1886 and we acquired it in 1936. Its medium is block-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Although May Morris’s wallpapers were generally well received, she dedicated her efforts entirely to embroidery after completing this last wallpaper design. The name Arcadia refers to an imagined pastoral ideal in which humans live in harmony with nature, seen here through the balanced composition of hawthorn leaves overlain with flowers.

This object was donated by Annie-May Hegeman. It is credited Gift of Annie May Hegeman.

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Its dimensions are

77 x 57 cm (30 5/16 x 22 7/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Arcadia, 1886; Designed by May Morris (British, 1862–1938); England; block-printed paper; 77 x 57 cm (30 5/16 x 22 7/16 in.); Gift of Annie May Hegeman; 1936-5-5-a,b

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