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Snakeshead

A work made of cotton, plain weave; block printed.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; block printed.

Date:

Design 1876, made 1925–40

Artist:

Designed by William Morris (English, 1834–1896)
Produced by Morris & Co., London (English, 1875–1940)
Wardle & Co., Bridgnorth (English, 1875-1930)

About this artwork

This pattern was first produced in collaboration with dye chemist Thomas Wardle (English, 1831–1909) in 1877, after three months of experimentation. Wardle’s company continued to print selected Morris patterns, and when Thomas died in 1909, his son Bernard maintained this relationship. Unlike woven textiles, the printed textiles are marked with Morris & Co.’s logo on their selvages (outer edges), and the different styles of the typeface offer clues to when a fabric was actually made. The selvages of this example indicate that it was made some time between 1925 and 1940.

Status

On View, Gallery 59

Department

Textiles

Artists

William Morris (Designer) , Morris & Co. (Producer) , Wardle & Co. (Printer)

Title

Snakeshead

Places

London (Object made in), England (Artist's nationality), Great Britain (Object made in)

Dates

Copyrighted 1876 , Made 1925-1940

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; block printed

Inscriptions

Selvage: MORRIS & COMPANY Label (detached): MORRIS & COMPANY, ART-WORKERS, LTD., 17, ST. GEORGE STREET, HANOVER SQUARE, LONDON, W.1. Telephone: MAYFAIR 1664/5. / No. 1840 / Name Snakehead / Width 36 inches / Price 7/11 yard / PATTERNS WILL BE CHARGED FOR, IF NOT RETURNED WITHIN ONE MONTH. / 1650

Dimensions

69.9 × 96.5 cm (27 1/2 × 38 in.) Repeat: 32.2 × 21.5 cm (12 3/4 × 8 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Theodore D. Tieken

Reference Number

1972.395

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