'Blackthorn' wallpaper

William Morrisdesigned 1892, printed before 1940

William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery
Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

John Henry Dearle designed this wallpaper for Morris & Co. in 1892. The pattern is formed of white blackthorn (or sloe) blossom and violets, with meadow flowers: red snake's head fritillaries and yellow daisies. The bright colours stand out against the very dark green background. Unlike many of the firm’s wallpapers, this wallpaper was only available in one colourway. The right edge of the paper is stamped with the firm’s name 'MORRIS & Co'.


  • Title: 'Blackthorn' wallpaper
  • Creator: John Henry Dearle, Morris & Co., Jeffrey & Co.
  • Date Created: designed 1892, printed before 1940
  • Location Created: Islington, London, England
  • Type: wallpaper
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Object Number: B48
  • Medium: block-printed in distemper on paper
  • Credit line: Presented by The Kelmscott Fellowship, 1953

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