Sidewall (England), ca. 1870
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.)
Cite this object as
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.