Dining Room Wallpaper

Wallpaper, early 19th century
William Scott Morton (1840-1903)
Embossed canvas, gilded and mounted on paper

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Dining Room Wallpaper

The decoration of the wall is divided into three parts, the wood panelled dado at the base, the painted frieze at the top and the wallpaper in between, known as ‘the filling’. This decoration style is typical of suburban and middle-class homes decorated in the Aesthetic Movement style (1860- 1900).

This original embossed wallpaper was made, at a modest cost, to imitate the antique embossed leather hangings popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. This style of wallpaper was developed and patented in 1874 by designer Morton and was made by hand pressing canvas into carved wooden moulds and drying it. Thereafter it was coloured and stuck to the wall. The dark sombre colours and ornate decoration are very much in keeping with late Victorian taste.

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