Just a fragment of this lovely design. This hand block printed cotton was used in the drawing room of Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, London, as a 'summer change'. May Morris claims this was 'named in memory of pleasant summer journeys along the Windrush valley', an area of West Oxfordshire.
It was originally registered in 1883, but the design of the writing on the selvedge tells us this fabric was printed 1877-1917. I would say this was typical colouring in the Edwardian period. Lovely colours.
Two shades of madder vat dyed and block printed on a white cotton with huge acanthus type leaves filled with flowers amongst strapwork and leaves, plain white selvedge, one with Recd Morris.
15 x 38 in; 38 x 97 cm selvedge to selvedge
Some fading to the right hand half of the width. The right hand selvedge has torn. Where the top 2 in; 5 cm had been turned under there are slits to the fold line.
William Morris Textiles. Linda Parry p 237, no 56.
V & A T617-1919
Price: £85 | $110 | €100
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