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Sidewall, 1830
A Wallpaper View of Early New York
This wallpaper shows a view of New York harbor as seen from Castle Williams on Governor's Island. The design features a landscape view that alternates with an eagle bearing an E Pluribus Unum banner. The paper is woodblock-printed in grisaille or shades of gray with a green filigree running through the design that outlines and...
Firescreen, 1825-40
Still Life with Canary, or A Hungry Cat
While the genre of still life painting dates back to ancient times, it had emerged as a specialty by the late sixteenth century. Still lifes depicted mostly inanimate objects and could include natural things such as fruit, flowers or animal trophies, as well as man-made objects such as vessels or books. While it is not...
Sidewall, "When in Rome", 1958
When in Rome
This design consists of five different structures of ancient Rome, including some of the more well-known ruins such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum. All of the structures are seen in silhouette, as are the peculiar cast of characters patrolling them. Appearing in front of each structure are Roman soldiers either on...
Dado, France, 1810–15. Block-printed on handmade paper. Gift of Teresa Kilham, 1955-86-2
Hercules Supports the World, and the Wall
This is a wallpaper dado, in the neoclassical style which would be hung at the bottom of the wall between the baseboard and chair rail. As it is located near the floor, the dado is visually supporting the weight of the wall and for this reason it was frequently architectural in nature. The deep colonnade...
“Hunting” Frieze, 1905. Cecil Aldin1935). Produced by Arthur Sanderson & Sons, Ltd., London, England. Block printed on ingrain paper. Gift of Standard Coated Products, 1975-2-5-a/g
Children’s Frieze Makes Learning Fun
Children's Frieze Makes Learning Fun Cecil Aldin was a well-known painter and book illustrator, highly esteemed for his animal portraiture. This children’s frieze was made up of seven different panels that would be joined end to end to form a non-repeating scene thirty-five feet long. This is long enough to wrap around an average-size room...
Sidewall, Shells, 1968-69. Frederick Bradley. Made by Woodson Wallpapers, Inc. New York, New York, USA; Screenprint on paper. Gift of Woodson Wallpapers, Inc., 1969-54-3
No Shell Shock with this Design
The Shells wallpaper is an interesting hybrid design combining a traditional vining floral design and shell art, or coquillage. The vine, foliage, and flowers are all composed of a variety of large and small sea shells. This design is screenprinted in five colors on a white ground. The 1960s sparked a revival of historical styles...
Decorative Views of Technology
From telescopes to the Erie Canal, to planes, trains and automobiles, technological innovations have long been incorporated into wallpaper designs. With cast iron reaching new aesthetic and structural heights in architecture beginning in the 1850s, it made sense to capture its more decorative aspect in a wallpaper design. This paper highlights views of New York...
Sidewall, "Faltenwurf" (Shadow-Folds), 1971-72. Paul Wunderlich (German, 1927-2010). Made by Marburg Wallpaper Company. Machine-printed on paper. Museum purchase from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund, 1992-110-1
Your Very Own Secret Garden
Garden Court is one of the largest screen-printed wallcoverings in the Museum’s collection, and is said to be the “largest silk screen ever printed in one piece.” Because of its large size, measuring 8×6 feet, the printing necessitated a special rag paper, with a single sheet for each print. The print run was limited to...
Sidewall, "Faltenwurf" (Shadow-Folds), 1971-72. Paul Wunderlich (German, 1927-2010). Made by Marburg Wallpaper Company. Machine-printed on paper. Museum purchase from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund, 1992-110-1
Like Hide and Seek
German wallpaper manufacturers have been commissioning renowned artists to design wallpapers for many years, and this practice became especially prominent in the post-war period. In the early 1970s, the Marburg Wallpaper Company approached a diverse group of international artists to create wallpaper designs that would reflect the taste of the time. The company wanted to...
Bandbox and lid, Castle Garden, ca. 1830–40; USA; Block-printed paper on wood support; Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt, 1918-19-7-a,b
From Protector to Entertainer, The Different Faces of Castle Garden
The building illustrated on this bandbox has served many purposes over the years. Built in 1808, it originally was used as a stronghold in New York Harbor for the War of 1812 and was first known as Southwest Battery and renamed Castle Clinton in 1817. In 1823 the Federal Government deeded the fort to New...