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Sidewall, Pimpernel

This is a Sidewall. It was designed by William Morris and manufactured by Jeffrey & Company. It is dated 1934 and we acquired it in 1935. Its medium is block-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Morris believed that a garden should be both "orderly and rich." This duality governed the Pimpernel pattern as vines of large limp poppies interlocked over a blanket of leaves and delicate pimpernel blossoms. Morris has tamed these dense naturalistic elements into a near symmetrical arrangement. The designer used this wallcovering to decorate his own dining room at his London home of Kelmscott House.

This object was donated by Cowtan & Tout, Inc.. It is credited Gift of Cowtan & Tout, Inc..

Its dimensions are

H x W: 69 x 57 cm (27 3/16 x 22 7/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in right selvedge: Pimpernel MORRIS & Co.

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Pimpernel; Designed by William Morris (British, 1834–1896); England; block-printed paper; H x W: 69 x 57 cm (27 3/16 x 22 7/16 in.); Gift of Cowtan & Tout, Inc.; 1935-23-18

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