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Lear’s Folly

French, circa 1780s

This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings by Historic New England


Unlike other French wallpapers of this period, ones which receive accolades for the many colors printed with steady handed precision, this pattern – found in New Hampshire – was destined for a different market. The paints were thin. The printing registration was somewhat casual. Even the paper stock had been repurposed – the wallpaper was printed on the unbound pages of a book. Nevertheless, these production qualities, coupled with the playful pattern elements result in an entertaining diversion for a secondary room. A room such as a bedchamber in the Portsmouth home of Tobias Lear where fragments of this were discovered.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 21 inches, width 19 inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 53.3 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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