This is reproduction wallpaper based on the Arts & Crafts movement we read about in Chapter 1 of our text. William Morris and John Ruskin promoted the creation of hand-made crafts that would beautify the environment of the urban worker. The objects found in mundane surroundings were—most importantly– to demonstrate creative expression and beautiful workmanship. But counter to Morris’s aim to serve the worker, most of his crafts were labor intensive and affordable to wealthier customers only. The wallpaper pictured here is hand-stamped according to traditional arts & crafts movement traditions. Some of these wallpapers are labeled Anglo-Japanese because of the influence of Japanese art on European design in the late 19th and early 20th century. The house pictured above was built by the Hench family in the mid to late 19th century. Being wealthy industrialists, the family would have been able to afford such adornments for their home. The ceiling of a Victorian home was considered a fifth wall and was as colorful and decorated as any other wall.
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