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1925

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1951

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Sample, Trent

This is a Sample. It was designed by John Henry Dearle and made by Morris & Co.. It is dated late 19th–early 20th century and we acquired it in 1951. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.


The Morris & Co. workshop looked to nature for inspiration in patterns, colors, and material aspects of textile production. William Morris pursued the use of plant matter to make dyes more visually harmonious and less toxic than the aniline dyes common to the market in the latter half of the 19th century. Color would have been a selling point for these two textile samples that survived with their original inventory labels.

This object was donated by Robert W. Friedel. It is credited Gift of Robert W. Friedel.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 21.9 × 30.6 cm (8 5/8 × 12 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Sample, Trent; Designed by John Henry Dearle (British, 1860–1932); England; cotton; H x W: 21.9 × 30.6 cm (8 5/8 × 12 1/16 in.); Gift of Robert W. Friedel; 1951-103-46

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Expressions.

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