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Sidewall - Sample, Willow

This is a Sidewall - sample. It was designed by William Morris and manufactured by Jeffrey & Company and made for Morris & Co.. It is dated 1887 and we acquired it in 1980. 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. He found ideas for his designs while exploring the surrounding countryside. Willow trees filled Morris’s walks and were a frequent subject of his wallpapers and textiles.

It is credited Museum purchase from Smithsonian Regents Collections Acquisition Fund.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 27 x 37.5 x 6 cm (10 5/8 x 14 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Embossed in gold lettering on cover: "Morris & Company/ 449 Oxford Street". Printed in ink on verso, the name and cost of each sample.

Cite this object as

Sidewall - Sample, Willow; Designed by William Morris (British, 1834–1896); block-printed paper; H x W x D: 27 x 37.5 x 6 cm (10 5/8 x 14 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.); Museum purchase from Smithsonian Regents Collections Acquisition Fund; 1980-46-1-124

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