Hefford, Wendy The Victoria & Albert Museum’s Textile Collection: Design for Printed Textiles in England from 1750 to 1850. London: V&A Publications, 2002
The full text of the entry is as follows:
"32. Design for a printed textile; 'lace' stripe and meander, with fantastic flowers. For printing by John Munns, Crayford, Kent,. 1760s or 1770s. Watercolour and ink.
12 x 18½ in. (30.5 x 47 cm)
Inscribed: "John Munns No A1064", "Cutt compleat", "Cutt print Compleat D(ark) red, 2 purple grounds 1 pale red do."
The designer of this elaborate pattern for a textile is unknown, but its inscription shows that it was destined for printing with wood blocks by John Munns. Munns’ calico-printing manufactory was at Crayford, a town to the south east of London. A number of textile manufacturers were established there, taking advantage of the river Cray, a tributary of the river Thames, for the abundant water their work needed. Munns was in business from the 1760s until his bankruptcy in 1781, combining the trades of calico-printing and gunpowder-making.
By the mid-eighteenth century, wood-block printing on cotton and linen textiles had developed to a high standard. The dyeing techniques used to produce the strong fast colours on imported Indian chintzes which had dazzled European customers in the seventeenth century had been mastered. A commentator on the state of British textile arts in 1756 wrote : "chintz…can imitate the richest silk brocades, with a great variety of beautiful colours".