Oman, Charles C., and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.
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Small ‘black stitch’ pattern of Tudor roses and other flowers within a trellis
Early 17th century
Print from wood block
32.4 x 28 cm (fragment)
Given by Mr Alfred Newett
E.1974-1927 neg 71286'
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1927, London: Board of Education, 1928.
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'ANONYMOUS (Wall-papers, English).
Fragment of wall-paper with design of conventional flowers. English, first half of 17th century.
Print from wood blocks.
Presented by Alfred Newett, Esq.'
This fragment of early 17th century paper may have been used as a wallpaper or as a lining paper for a chest or box. The pattern imitates a style of contemporary embroidery, known as 'black stitch' or 'black work' because it was characterised by the use of black or silver thread worked on white or cream-coloured cloth. Most wallpapers in this period were designed as cheaper substitutes for some other kind of wall-covering, such as tapestry, embroidered hangings or plasterwork.