This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of Botanical Expressions. There are 2 other images of this object. See our image rights statement.

 

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1915

  • Work on this object began.

1935

  • Work on this object ended.

1941

  • We acquired this object.

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Sidewall, Trellis

This is a Sidewall. It was designed by William Morris and manufactured by Jeffrey & Company. We acquired it in 1941. Its medium is block-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Morris held a fondness for birds, to the dismay of his gardener. Attempts at growing strawberries and blackberries were hindered by Morris’s declaration that the birds must be protected over the fruit. This pattern depicts Morris’s own view of the garden at Red House, where he watched birds dart through the rose trellises. Philip Webb, Morris’s collaborator on the design for the garden at Red House, drew the birds in this piece.

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Cite this object as

Sidewall, Trellis; Designed by William Morris (British, 1834–1896); England; block-printed paper; 1941-74-19-a,b

In addition to Botanical Expressions, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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