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Georgetown Medallion

Unknown origin circa 1860s


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 from 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 if the design and color characteristics lend themselves well to block printing.

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

Metric Measurements: 27.9 cm, 48.3 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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