An entire wall of this diaper pattern was
uncovered beneath layers of paint during the
initial stages of renovating Sir John Soane’s
private apartment, at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
in London. While there was more than enough
evidence to determine the structure of the
delicate design the colors had understandably
not fared as well.
When reproducing wallpapers, we are usually
lucky if we find an overlap or a bit of paint
loss to get a sense of the pattern's true
colors. However, in this case the 19th century
manufacturer Cowtan kept records of all sales
with names, addresses, and a cutting for each
order. These log books are preserved at the
Victoria and Albert Museum and the clippings,
including those from the sale to Sir John
Soane, have never been exposed to long periods
of light and are in pristine condition.
Though the general pattern repeat is the
height of only one diamond motif it is best to
install this using the larger block
repeat, that of three diamonds, to assure
details of the highlights align correctly.
This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper
Hangings by the Sir John Soane’s Museum and
was commissioned by them.
Repeat 17 3/8 in / 44 cm
Width 20 7/8 in / 53 cm
The historic colorway image above shows two
widths of the pattern installed. Alternate
colorway images show one complete width of the