100 years ago in COUNTRY LIFE
July 21, 1917
MODERN wallpaper design, as distinct from reproductive work, dates from Morris. When he came on the scene, ugliness and affectation had become in some muddled way almost essential to respectability. One finds at times in old houses layer upon layer of wallpaper dating back to the pre-morris period, and one gets a glimpse in the fragments of disinterred remnants of the horrors that have been and some idea of the debt we owe to Morris. The ‘Spindlewood’ (above), by Messrs. Jeffrey and Co., Mortimer Street, W., is typical of the modern wallpaper in the Morris manner.