This is a Sidewall. It was designed by William Morris and manufactured by Jeffrey & Company. It is dated 1877 and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is block-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.
In 1871, Morris acquired a joint tenancy lease at Kelmscott Manor, the family’s country home in southern England. Rambles through the surrounding area sparked a profusion of floral designs, including that shown here. This period also marked the beginning of Morris’s interest in natural dyes. The designer 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
This object was
Mr. Bruce Bechdel.
It is credited
Gift of Mr. Bruce Bechdel.
Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.
Its dimensions are
74.5 x 55.5 cm (29 5/16 x 21 7/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Sidewall, Chrysanthemum; Designed by William Morris (British, 1834–1896); England; block-printed paper; 74.5 x 55.5 cm (29 5/16 x 21 7/8 in.); Gift of Mr. Bruce Bechdel; 1978-159-1-a,b