This is one of Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo's earliest working drawing for a wallpaper design. The finished wallpaper, called 'Swirling Leaf', was retailed by the Century Guild (see B27 and B30 in WMG collection for finished wallpaper). This may be the Mackmurdo-designed wallpaper which the wallpaper manufacturers Jeffrey & Co. exhibited at the Fine Art & Industrial Exhibition in Manchester in 1882.


  • Title: 'Swirling Leaf' wallpaper design
  • Creator: Century Guild, Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo
  • Date Created: c.1880-1883
  • Type: design
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Physical Dimensions: 50.8 x 60.9 cm
  • Object Number: A99
  • Medium: watercolour or gouache and graphite on paper
  • Credit line: Mackmurdo bequest, 1942

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