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  • Printed cotton (detail), ca. 1830
    English
    Cotton; 84 x 25 in. (213.4 x 63.5 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1963 (63.55.2)

    Probably intended for use as a window shade, this furnishing fabric presents a Gothic Revival motif of stained-glass windows replete with tracery, Tudor rose, and Campbell coat-of-arms. Although extremely popular, such repeating architectural patterns were condemned by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, who noted that "a moment's reflection must show the extreme absurdity of repeating a perspective over a large surface with some hundred different points of sight: a panel or wall may be enriched and decorated at pleasure, but it should always be treated in a consistent manner."

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  • Printed cotton (detail), ca. 1830
    English
    Cotton; 84 x 25 in. (213.4 x 63.5 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1963 (63.55.2)

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