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Soane Diaper – Brockschmidt & Coleman Colorway

English, 1830

English, 1830 This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings by the Sir John Soane’s Museum and was commissioned by them.


Adelphi Paper Hangings asked designers Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman from Brockschmidt & Coleman to create custom colorways for five historical wallpapers.  Read more about Brockschmidt & Coleman and what inspired them to create the colorways. 

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.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 17 ⅜ in, width 20 ⅞ in, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 44 cm, 53 cm, 10 m.



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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