Piece

Date: ca. 1820

Culture: British

Medium: Cotton

Dimensions: L. 63 1/2 x W. W. 25 1/2
161.3 x 64.8 cm

Classification: Textiles-Printed

Credit Line: Gift of Bertha S. Westfall, 1929

Accession Number: 29.88

Description

This roller-printed furnishing design was produced in at least three different single-color versions and one with multiple colors. The additional colors were added to the initial roller-printed design by block printing. The design relates to the "pillar" furnishing prints—patterns of fluted classical columns decorated with trailing vines and flowers—that enjoyed great popularity during the first third of the nineteenth century. The date of this piece is based in part on comparisons with window drapery styles that appeared in The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics in the years 1819 and 1820. The Repository of Arts was published in London by Rudolph Ackermann (1764–1834) between 1809 and 1828, and vividly documents the taste of the English Regency.

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