Design for 'Powdered' pattern wallpaper by William Morris

The design has a relatively informal arrangement of meadow-flower sprigs, unconnected by any linking device, over the surface of the paper.


Watercolour, gouache, graphite & red crayon on paper, laid on brown paper
56.8 x 54.7 cm
Art Fund grant:
£11,500 ( Total: £29,000)
Acquired in:
Haslam & Whiteway

The sprigs are superimposed on rhythmic coils of delicate willow boughs, each flower curving or nodding in the direction of the underlying leaves. The flowers identified include the rose, speedwell, pansy and cornflower.


Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co/Morris & Co; private collector, 1930s-1940; private collection, Scotland; Messrs Thomson, Roddick & Medcalf auction, 2002; Haslam & Whiteway Ltd.

Venue details

William Morris Gallery Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, LONDON London E17 4PP 020 8496 4391

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