The pattern on this wallpaper was designed by John Henry Dearle, William Morris’s apprentice. Dearle originally started at Morris & Co in the tapestry department but Morris noticed his talent for pattern design and he eventually became the Art Director of Morris & Co. following Morris’s death in 1896.

‘Golden Lily’ became one of the firm's more popular designs and has rarely been out of print. This piece came from the wall of a room in St. Ives House, near Ringwood, Hampshire which was decorated with the wallpaper in 1899.


  • Title: 'Golden Lily' wallpaper
  • Creator: John Henry Dearle, Morris & Co., Jeffrey & Co.
  • Date Created: designed 1899
  • Location Created: Islington, London, England
  • Type: wallpaper
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Physical Dimensions: 29.2 x 40.3
  • Object Number: B71
  • Medium: block-printed in distemper on paper
  • Credit line: Presented by Messrs. Letcher and Son Solicitors, Ringwood, 1958

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