This lovely geometric pattern was printed by
Moses Grant Jr. and was found in the 2nd
Harrison Gray Otis House, designed by Charles
Bulfinch and built on Beacon Hill about 1800.
The Otis's moved from this house about 1806
and the paper was probably installed by Mrs.
George Gibbs, a wealthy Newport widow, shortly
after she bought the house in 1810.
The somewhat abstract, geometric Harlequin
styles were popularized by the French about
1800; American printers, emulating the latest
French fashion, printed many of these
harlequin patterns from 1800-1820. The
harlequin effect is achieved by splitting
motifs symmetrically and printing each half
into a contrasting color.
This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper
Hangings by Historic New England.
Repeat 111⁄8 inches
Width 21¾ inches
The historic colorway image above shows two
of the pattern installed. Alternate
colorway images show one complete width of the