The design has a relatively informal arrangement of meadow-flower sprigs, unconnected by any linking device, over the surface of the paper.
Design for 'Powdered' pattern wallpaper by William Morris, 1874
© William Morris Gallery
- Watercolour, gouache, graphite & red crayon on paper, laid on brown paper Dimensions: 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.