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Sidewall, The House that Jack Built, 1886

This is a Sidewall. It was designed by Walter Crane and manufactured by Jeffrey & Company. It is dated 1886 and we acquired it in 1938. Its medium is machine printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

The popularity of Crane’s children’s book illustrations earned him a commission to design his first nursery paper in 1875, and he began designing more general use papers the following year. The House That Jack Built, drawn in the Aesthetic style, illustrates the lyrics of the popular British nursery rhyme and cumulative tale line by line. Crane’s use of color and delightfully-drawn figures would be engaging to a child, and make learning fun.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled The House that Jack Built.

This object was donated by Grace Lincoln Temple and catalogued by Calvin S. Hathaway. It is credited Gift of Grace Lincoln Temple.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 61.8 x 56.4 cm (24 5/16 x 22 3/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, The House that Jack Built, 1886; Designed by Walter Crane (English, 1845–1915); England; machine printed on paper; H x W x D: 61.8 x 56.4 cm (24 5/16 x 22 3/16 in.); Gift of Grace Lincoln Temple; 1938-62-57

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Wall Stories: Children's Wallpapers and Books.

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