'Lily and Pomegranate' wallpaper

William Morris, Morris & Co., and Jeffrey & Co.designed 1886, printed before 1940

William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery
Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

William Morris designed 'Lily and Pomegranate' wallpaper in 1886. The pattern combines a central tulip plant, with adjacent lilies, pomegranate fruit and marigold flowers set against a dotted background. The original design is also in the William Morris Gallery's collection (A30). Aside from one of his first wallpapers, ‘Daisy’, Morris rarely showed the whole flower clump in his patterns. As he became a more accomplished designer his flowers became more flowing and scrolling. The tulip plant in this wallpaper dominates the design, creating quite a formal pattern. It was available in at least three colourways.


  • Title: 'Lily and Pomegranate' wallpaper
  • Creator: William Morris, Morris & Co., Jeffrey & Co.
  • Date Created: designed 1886, printed before 1940
  • Location Created: Islington, London, England
  • Type: wallpaper
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Physical Dimensions: 90.8 x 52.7 cm
  • Object Number: B58
  • Medium: block-printed in distemper on paper
  • Credit line: Presented by Mrs Edward Unwin, 1956

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