Author: Gregory Herringshaw

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Vertical rectangle of joined sheets of paper. Large flowing design of foliage and flowers in the manner of Jean Pillement's Indian design. Printed in orange, blue, and greens.
India Chintz All Pieced Together
People are always inquiring how the Museum acquires its wallpaper samples. Wallpapers come to the museum in a variety of ways: they can be donated by the manufacturer when produced, sometimes people find old sample books or remnants of wallpaper up in the attic or garage, and sometimes antique samples are removed from the walls...
Children's frieze with repeating group of seven school girls in green and red dresses, holding books, abaci and hoops, with a terrestrial globe. Across bottom a banderole with the Gothic-letter inscription in German: Arbeit macht das Leben Süss [Work Makes Life Sweet]. Printed in top selvedge: Wm. Campbell-Wall-Paper-Co., Antiseptic Pat'd 8-9-04". Printed in bottom selvedge: "The Froebel, E.J. Walenta, 496".
Is it Playtime, Yet?
Wearing complimentary red and green costumes, this group of golden children appears wise beyond their years. They have dour expressions on their faces, and most are too wrapped up in their studies to even acknowledge the spectator. Wm. Campbell-Wall-Paper-Co manufactured “The Froebel” frieze in 1905. It was innovative wallpaper because it was antiseptic, treated to...
Cluster of red poppy flowers, set within dense foliage. Printed in shades of red on red ingrain paper.
Paper it Red
This paper contains a repeating pattern of light red poppies against a field of deep red foliage printed on a red ingrain paper. An ingrain paper is one that is colored in the pulp stage of production so the color runs through the paper rather than just being printed on the surface. This gives the...
Large-scale window shade printed in imitation of lace. Suspended from a cornice, with a voided center containing a basket of flowers and two tassels, the bottom of the lace curtain is trimmed with a bullion fringe and tassels. Printed on brilliant blue background. Verso is printed same blue color.
Window Shade
Window shades and curtain papers are one of the lesser known collecting areas of the Wallcoverings Department. This shade depicting a lace panel suspended from a carved wood cornice is a beautiful example of late-19th century window shades. The shade in printed on a heavy paper that has a chalky blue ground color applied to both sides making it...
Children's or boys' paper. The main character in this design is Sparkie, a puppet who thought he was a real boy, acting out famous scenes in American history including George Washington crossing the Delaware, Paul Revere making his historic ride, and Buffalo Bill with Sitting Bull. Printed in green, gold, red and brown with blue on an off-white ground.
Sparkie, the little boy with big ambitions
I first came across this wallpaper when I was looking for children’s wallpapers for an exhibition I worked on a number of years ago. Sparkie was a puppet who believed he was a real boy, and he played the central figure in Big Jon and Sparkie, a children’s radio show that aired on Saturday mornings...
Wallpaper panel showing full length view of George Washington in cutaway coat with epaulettes and a sword. At his feet are a conventionalized cannon and three cannon balls. All supported by shallow circular base. Imitation of statuary. Of the series "America's Heroes" [Les Grands Hommes] which also includes Franklin, Lafayette and Jefferson. Printed on light wood grain background.
Portraiture on Wallpaper with George Washington
This wallpaper panel contains a block-printed portrait of George Washington rendered about half-life size. It is unusual to have portraits featured on wallpaper but is seen more often on panels as opposed to repeating designs. The portrait is printed in a monochrome colorway of tans and brown imitating statuary, on a combed ground simulating oak...
Horizontal rectangle, on two joined sheets of paper, printed in brilliant colors. Esther, seated, being attended by serving woman, with Hegar standing by. Architectural background with drapery.
Will the real Esther please stand up?
This firescreen or overdoor is based on the 1738 painting La Toilette d'Esther by Jean-François de Troy (French, 1679-1752). This wallpaper is an almost exact replication of the original oil painting by de Troy. The manufacturer has used about 40 printed colors to capture the lushness of the original painting with all its luxurious textiles....
Cubist motifs of red, blue and yellow printed over geometric background of light green and off-white. Printed on ungrounded paper.
Wallpaper Cubed
I have always found these cubist wallpapers charming and attractive in their simple design format. These were produced in a wide array of styles but all contained some arrangement of seemingly random cube patterns printed in pastel colors. Virtually all of these designs were printed on an ungrounded paper. The application of a ground color...
All-over design of spiderwebs on background of tiny dots and very fine vermicelly-lines. Printed in chartreuse, dark green, brown on a pale chartreuse background.
Sticky Decorations
I have always been curious and slightly amused by wallpapers containing imagery of cob webs. Seems to me people are always taking brooms and vacuum extensions to get rid of these pesky things and I could not understand why people would buy papers with these spider-inspired motifs to decorate their homes. The sample I’m showing...