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Sidewall, Arcadia

This is a Sidewall. It was designed by May Morris and printed by Arthur Sanderson and made for Morris & Co.. It is dated 1886 and we acquired it in 1936. Its medium is block-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Although May Morris’s wallpapers were generally well received, she dedicated her efforts entirely to embroidery after completing this last wallpaper design. The name Arcadia refers to an imagined pastoral ideal in which humans live in harmony with nature, seen here through the balanced composition of hawthorn leaves overlain with flowers.

This object was donated by Annie-May Hegeman. It is credited Gift of Annie May Hegeman.

  • Sidewall, Larkspur
  • block printed on paper.
  • Gift of Clifford Murvine, Reed Wallpaper Company.
  • 1977-28-17-a/i

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Sidewall (France)
  • block-printed paper.
  • Gift of Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz.
  • 2010-31-317

Its dimensions are

77 x 57 cm (30 5/16 x 22 7/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Arcadia; Designed by May Morris (British, 1862–1938); Printed by Arthur Sanderson (1829); Made for Morris & Co. (United Kingdom); England; block-printed paper; 77 x 57 cm (30 5/16 x 22 7/16 in.); Gift of Annie May Hegeman; 1936-5-5-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Expressions.

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