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Sidewall (England), ca. 1870

This is a Sidewall. It is dated ca. 1870 and we acquired it in 1943. Its medium is machine printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Views of Canadian tourist destinations set within frames, a convention that became popular after mid-century, probably in response to the British Reform Movement. Proponents of the movement thought the use of landscape scenes and tromp l’oeil effects on wallpaper were dishonest and belied the 2-dimensional aspect of the wall. Putting the scenes within a frame made them appear more like paintings than windows which seemed to have appeased the conformists.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of George Arnold Hearn.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 75.5 x 56 cm (29 3/4 x 22 1/16 in.)

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Sidewall (England), ca. 1870; machine printed on paper; H x W: 75.5 x 56 cm (29 3/4 x 22 1/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of George Arnold Hearn; 1943-25-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Rooms with a View: Landscape & Wallpaper.

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