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What is this?

"Toile" style pattern in blues on a white ground; the scenes are of the contemporary life and architecture of London.

Why is this in our collection?

London Toile is patterned after late 18th and early 19th century copperplate printed "toiles de Jouy", which often depicted picturesque scenes or points of interest around various cities. The Museum has, for example, the designs  Monuments of Rome and Monuments of Paris. But close inspection reveals a very contemporary London skyline, including the Swiss Re tower and the London Eye (or Millenium Wheel), along with contemporary social woes such as homelessness and street violence. Depicting uncompromisingly contemporary images on traditional textiles and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties' provocative style was once described as "William Morris on acid."  It is a wonderful update to our... more

This is a textile from United Kingdom. It is dated ca. 2006 and we acquired it in 2007. Gift of Timorous Beasties. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: linen technique: screen printed on plain weave

Its dimensions are

358.1 x 143.5 cm (11 ft. 9 in. x 56 1/2 in.)

This object was produced by Timorous Beasties

This object was donated by Timorous Beasties

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18711355/ |title=Textile, "London Toile", ca. 2006 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=23 July 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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