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American, circa 1790


This very fine pillar and arch paper, inspired by the British architectural patterns of the 1760s and 1770s, is probably the first American design which features allegorical symbols. Like most architectural papers, it was most likely hung in a hallway though it may have also been used in a parlor or bed chamber.

The allegorical characters include France – handing a Declaration of Independence to a weeping Britannia, and America – represented by an Native American princess.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 42 inches, width 19 ¾ inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 106.7 cm, 50.2 cm, 10 m.


Border Pairing

Diana Border

American, 1785-1790


Samples are available for all Adelphi Paper Hangings patterns. Standard pattern samples are 12 inches by 23 inches and are available for $15. for each pattern. Small samples, business envelope size, are available on request, at no charge (limited to 10 per customer).

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Pattern Reproduction

Color choices for our patterns are not limited to those shown.

All Adelphi patterns can be custom colored to better acknowledge the paper's context. Additional lead time is required for all custom work.

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