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Sidewall (England)

This is a sidewall. It was designed by Walter Crane and manufactured by Jeffrey & Company. It is dated 1875–1900 and we acquired it in 1980. Its medium is block-printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Walter Crane held a fascination with medieval and classical art, a period also popular among his peers in the Arts and Crafts movement. Medieval woodcuts and illuminated manuscripts influenced his designs. Crane filled this formal wallcovering with historical icons—an urn, a Tudor rose, Corinthian columns, quatrefoil blossoms, and acanthus scrolls—that would have turned the domestic interior into a neoclassical fantasy.

It is credited Gift of Dr. Francis J. Geck.

Its dimensions are

73 x 54.5 cm (28 3/4 x 21 7/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Written in ink on front lower right corner: Walter Crane.

Cite this object as

Sidewall (England); Designed by Walter Crane (English, 1845–1915); block-printed on paper; 73 x 54.5 cm (28 3/4 x 21 7/16 in.); Gift of Dr. Francis J. Geck; 1980-73-10

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