'Horn Poppy' wallpaper

William Morrisdesigned c.1885, printed c.1885-1920

William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery
Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

'Horn Poppy' was one of three Morris & Co. wallpapers designed by William Morris’s younger daughter May Morris, the others being 'Honeysuckle' and 'Arcadia'. The pattern consists of horned poppy flowers against a dotted background, a decorative effect also employed by William Morris in his wallpaper designs. The repeat is 51cm.

May Morris joined Morris & Co. in an informal capacity after finishing her studies at The National Art Training School in the early 1880s. In 1885 she became head of the firm’s embroidery department.

This roll of wallpaper was originally purchased to decorate a house in Salisbury sometime between 1875-1920, but evidently not used.


  • Title: 'Horn Poppy' wallpaper
  • Creator: May Morris, Morris & Co., Jeffrey & Co.
  • Date Created: designed c.1885, printed c.1885-1920
  • Location Created: Islington, London, England
  • Type: wallpaper
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Object Number: B155
  • Medium: block-printed in distemper on paper
  • Credit line: Presented by Mr Peter Jamieson, 2013

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