'Powdered' was designed by William Morris in 1874. It takes its name from the relatively informal arrangement of meadow flower sprigs, unconnected by linking devices, over the surface of the paper. Among the six flowers featured, rose, speedwell, pansy and cornflower have been identified.

From the late 1860s, Morris's wallpapers became increasingly fashionable in interior decoration. Morris responded to demand by continually adding to his range, so that his substantial output in the medium, some fifty patterns, reflects all phases of his designing career. 'Powdered' is one of several mid-1870s designs featuring willow foliage, a favourite motif which Morris drew with endless inventiveness.


  • Title: Design for 'Powdered' wallpaper
  • Creator: William Morris
  • Date Created: 1874
  • Location Created: London, England
  • Type: design
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Physical Dimensions: 56.8 x 54.7 cm
  • Object Number: A1067
  • Medium: watercolour, gouache, pencil and crayon on paper
  • Credit line: Acquired by the William Morris Gallery with support from the Art Fund and additional support from the Resource/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the William Morris Gallery

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