Length of roller printed cotton

Date: 1830–35

Culture: British

Medium: Roller-printed cotton, glazed

Dimensions: Overall: 84 × 25 1/4 in. (213.4 × 64.2 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Printed

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1963

Accession Number: 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."