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The Greenaway Look
Kate Greenaway was one of the most popular children’s illustrators of the late Victorian period, a rival of Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott. From 1879, when she published her first children’s book Under the Window to her death in 1901, she illustrated over 50 publications from nursery rhyme books to ABC’s to her own annual...
Swallows and Lily Clouds
This wallpaper caught my eye at first because of the graceful swooping lines of the birds and the watercolor-like application of the blues. I thought it was a lovely scene of swallows flying in a morning sky. Then I noticed that many of clouds are actually water lilies. Are we looking then at the surface...
Pilgrim’s Progress, the wallpaper
One of the influences on design and technology in the nineteenth century was new information on health and hygiene. It was discovered early in the century that germs cause disease, and there were a number of cholera outbreaks beginning early in the nineteenth century which lasted through most of the century. Wallpaper had always been...