Bamboo and Drapery was printed by Moses Grant
Jr., a highly successful Boston manufacturer.
His papers have been identified in Charleston
and Philadelphia as well as in New England,
indicating a well developed distribution
network. Grant offered a wide range of
patterns including the latest fashions from
This pattern combines two very popular design
motifs of the early 19th century. The first is
the somewhat abstract, geometric "Harlequin"
fashion popularized by the French around 1800.
Copying French styles, American paperstainers
printed many of these patterns from 1800-1820.
The harlequin effect is achieved by splitting
a motif symmetrically, in this case the
leaves, and printing each half with
The second motif is a drapery, a style that
was at the height of fashion from about
1790-1820. (There is an invoice from 1793
indicating that Jefferson ordered several
drapery patterns from a Parisian printer,
though no evidence of them has been uncovered
This pattern reproduction is based on
wallpaper found in the Jackson House in
Plymouth, Massachusetts, now in the collection
of Historic New England. HNE collections also
contain other versions from the Longfellow
House in Portland, ME; the Corwin House (now
called the Witch House) in Salem, MA; the
first Harrison Gray Otis House in Boston; and
the Moses-Pierce-Hitchborn House in Boston,
located next to the Paul Revere house. Some of
these were printed with fewer colors and one
(an incomplete sample) boasts two additional
This paper should be hung either with a
narrow border around all margins or else with
a combination of a broad festoon type frieze
and narrow borders to trim the other margins.
This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper
Hangings by Historic New England.
Repeat 213⁄8 inches
Width 213⁄8 inches
The historic colorway image above shows two
widths of the pattern installed.
Alternate colorway images show one
complete width of the pattern.