Bromley Hall Pattern Book

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Acquired in 1955 (the spelunker thinks)

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Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1955-1956 London: HMSO, 1963 The full text of the entry is as follows: "ANONYMOUS : Textiles The 'Bromley Hall' pattern-book. Volume containing impressions (223 pieces) pasted in, of 144 copper-plate designs for printing on textiles, some of the impressions being large sheets cut into two parts and pasted on facing pages. The designs are in two groups, the first mainly of flowers and foliage (120) from a series numbered by the manufacturer P.1 to P.185; the second (24) with figures, birds and animals amid floral decoration, is unnumbered but inscribed in ink with brief titles. Pasted inside the front cover is a sheet of paper, watermarked 1801, inscribed in ink with an incomplete list of pattern-book of Foster & Co. of the Bromley Hall Works, Poplar, Middlesex. Full-bound in calf, with two bronze clasps. English, c.1760-1800. Inscribed in ink throughout the volume with numbers, titles, notes etc. Lettered on labels on the front and back covers Foster's Bromley. Engravings. E.458(1-223)-1955 Given by the Calico Printers' Association Ltd. Note: The numbered designs represented in the volume are as follows: P.2, 3, 6-9, 13-19, 21, 24-56, 29-31, 33, 39, 40, 42, 49-57, 64, 68-73, 75, 76, 78-81, 83-91, 99-106, 108, 111, 112, 114-123, 125, 127-167, 181, 185. One of the numbered designs, P.42 is identical with an unnumbered one inscribed 'Creeping [amended to 'Night'] Cerus'. Another design (E.458(174, 175)) is without number or title. Incorporated in the designs are 22 originally used by Robert Maxwell at Merton Abbey, Surrey. Maxwell went out of business in 1783 and these plates were probably taken over by the Bromley Hall Works at that time. The designs fall within the numerical sequence P.108 to P.146 in the Bromley Hall system of enumeration. For an account of the history of the Bromley Hall Works see p.22 of the Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition of English Chintz, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1960, in which this pattern-book was exhibited (Catalogue No.88) together with 18 printed textile specimens of the designs. Also on p.22 is a note on Robert Maxwell and on pp.23-25 of the Catalogue some information is given about the sources of the designs." Lambert, Susan (ed.) Pattern & Design: Designs for the Decorative Arts 1480-1980 London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983 The full text of the entry is as follows: '1.7.b Foster & Co., Bromley Hall Volume containing impressions (233 pieces) pasted in, of 144 copperplate designs for printing on textiles, some of the impressions being large sheets cut into two parts and pasted on facing pages. The designs are in two groups, the first mainly of flowers and foliage (120) from a series numbered by the manufacturer P.1 to P.185; the second (24) with figures, birds and animals amid floral decoration, is unnumbered but inscribed in ink with brief titles. Pasted inside the front cover is a sheet of paper watermarked 1801, inscribed in ink with an incomplete list of pattern numbers and titles of designs. Full bound in calf, with two bronze clasps. English, c. 1760-1800. Inscribed in ink throughout the volume with numbers, titles, notes etc. Lettered on labels on the front and back covers Foster's Bromley. Engravings. Size of volume 55.9 x 35.6 cm Given by the Calico Printers' Association Ltd E.458 (1-223) - 1955 Literature: Loan exhibition of English chintz, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1960, p.22. The volume, which constitutes the pattern-book of Foster & Co., is open at two plates (E.458.182, 183) which show three elements inthe design of the 'Pagoda' cotton (cat. no. 1.7.c): a pavilion, a tree trunk under which is a fisherman, and a merchant conversing with a musician. The Bromley Hall factory on the right bank of the River Lea in Poplar, Middlesex, was probably the largest of the early print works. It is first mentioned in the 1740s and was operated successively by members of the Ollive family (dyers and calico printers since the late 17th century), Joseph Talwin, and the Foster family, under the name of Ollive and Talwin (1763-1783), Talwin and Foster (1785-1790) and Foster and Co (1790-1823). The Ollives, Talwins and Fosters were all Quakers and probably interrelated.'
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PDP
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Given by the Calico Printers' Association Ltd
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1800-12-31
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1755-01-01
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ca. 1760-1800 (made)
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The Bromley Hall Pattern Book. Copper plate engraving for a printed textile design. 1760-1800
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Height: 55.88 cm size of volume, Width: 35.56 cm size of volume
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Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F
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494693
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2014-08-30T20:56:20.000Z
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2014-08-30T20:56:20.000Z
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52.883289
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Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case 100, shelf A, box 8
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-1.97685
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printing ink
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Engraving
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E.458:130-1955
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e4581301955
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O579955
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Textile design
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Page from a volume containing impressions pasted in, of 144 copper-plate designs for printing on textiles. The designs are in two groups, the first mainly of flowers and foliage; the second with figures, birds and animals amid floral decoration. The volume full-bound in calf, with two bronze clasps. Inscribed in ink with numbers, title, notes etc.
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England
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2012FL7623
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bromley-hall-pattern-book-textile-design-unknown
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2013-08-25T00:00:00.000Z
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engraving
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Bromley Hall Pattern Book
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1800
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1755