Sidewall (England), 1817–27
This is a Sidewall. It was produced by Crace & Son. It is dated 1817–27 and we acquired it in 1952. Its medium is block-printed and varnished on handmade paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.
This is the lower portion of one panel of the Dragon wallpaper from the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, England, produced in 1820. The Royal Pavilion was a Chinese-inspired palace built for the Prince of Wales, later to become King George IV. This design was originally hand-painted directly onto the walls in the Drawing Room. The design appealed to the King and within a year of its being painted, he commissioned a company to carve wood blocks of the design so it could be reproduced as wallpaper, which was then hung in multiple rooms. This was a major undertaking as the repeat measured 3 x 2.5 m (10 x 8.5’). It required a 6 panel width and 30 large blocks to print.
It is credited
Gift of Brighton Art Gallery and Museum.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 99.5 x 59 cm (39 3/16 x 23 1/4 in.)
Cite this object as
Sidewall (England), 1817–27; Produced by Crace & Son ; block-printed and varnished on handmade paper; H x W: 99.5 x 59 cm (39 3/16 x 23 1/4 in.); Gift of Brighton Art Gallery and Museum; 1950-59-1
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.