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 France.
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 contrasting colors.
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 at
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.