This relatively modest pattern was uncovered
during the renovation of a home in Georgetown, Delaware. Originally
machine printed, it contains elements of both an earlier aesthetic and
hints of the direction in which wallpaper design was to develop. The
use of highly defined imitation plaster or stucco motifs echoes
neoclassical devices of the early 1800s, while the wide placement of
the individual medallions reflects growing desire to move away from
more voluminous papers of the mid-century.
By the 1860s machine roller printing began to
replace block printing as the dominant technology of the industry. Even
so, during the transition period pattern design often retained a strong
influence form the block printing era. Later, smaller, repetitive
design motifs not well suited for hand printing began to dominate block
printing largely disappeared until it was revived towards the end of
the 19th century in the Arts and Crafts movement.
Adelphi occasionally reproduces patterns from this post-1860s period
when they retain sufficient design and color characteristics lend
themselves well to block printing and when they will benefit from the
subtlety and attention to detail that block printing allows.
Repeat 11 inches
Width 19 inches
The historic colorway shown above is double width;
alternative colorways are single width.