Friday, 9 March 2012

What the Dickens!

We've recently been looking at some of the children's wallpapers in our collections which are based on book illustrations. This week, in honour of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, it seems a good time to feature this one, produced in 1926:

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (SW1376)

Our small-ish fragment does not show the whole repeat, giving us only a corner of the Old Curiosity Shop, Mrs Gamp (a character from Martin Chuzzlewit), and the Bull Inn, Holborn (featured in the Pickwick Papers), and Mr Pickwick and his friends.

As far as I can tell, this wallpaper seems quite rare: neither the V&A nor the Whitworth Art Gallery seem to have anything similar in their collections. Do you know of any other examples?

This is an example of one of our 'sanitary wallpapers'. More on these in a future post...

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