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U984.44.5
Artist / Maker : William Morris and Company
Title : Jasmine Trail
Date (Execution) : 1868-75
Geographical Origin : England, United Kingdom
Cultural Group : English
Style / Period : Arts and Crafts
Medium / Material  : Wool
Support / Technique : embroidered
Object Type : fabric
Visual Description : Brown vine pattern running diagonally on fabric, beige background. Other colours are yellow, green and blue. According to former deputy keeper of the department of furniture, textiles, and fashion at the Victoria & Albert, Linda Parry, this is the earliest example she has found of this pattern and so this piece has historical significance (correspondence October 2011). C. Riedel Jan 2014. It is the only known example of this design anywhere and is one of four 1830s patterns chosen by Morris to reprint and sell under his name when he began to manufacture textiles. (see p. 158 of Earthly Paradise for more info on this specific piece). Block printed for Morris by Thomas Clarkson, Bannister Hall. According to a letter from Glenn Lowry June 1991 this pattern was not designed by Morris but was printed from a woodblock found in the workshop of Thomas Wardle of Leek. Wardle allowed Morris to use his workshop in the 1870s to experiment with his then-outmoded dyeing and printing techniques. (see object file - C. Riedel, Feb 2014).
Accession # : U984.44.5
Width (cm) : 85.30
Height (cm) : 185.30
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of Edmund N. Parker
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