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Articles About Wallpaper

Online Section

"Wallpaper Documentation and Reproduction at Adena: The Worthington Estate," , Neal Hitch and Cheryl J. Lugg of the Ohio Historical Society, APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology: 33 (2002), No. 2/3,


"The Removal and Conservation Treatment of a Scenic Wallpaper, Paysage à Chasses, from the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site," by Patricia and James Hamm, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Vol. 20, No. 2, Conservation of Historic Wallpaper (Spring, 1981), pp. 116-125, .
[ed. note: this entire issue of the AIC Journal is well worth seeking out. It contains 15 papers from a wallpaper conservation symposium convened by the National Park Service.]


"The Reinstallation of an 1830's Zuber Scenic Wallpaper at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site," by James Hamm, AIC Book and Paper Group Annual, V. 7, 1988


"Investigation, Analysis, and Authentication of Historic Wallpaper Fragments Investigation", Frank S. Welsh, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Vol. 43, No. 1 (Spring, 2004), pp. 91-110


"'An Object Lesson to a Philistine Age': The Wall Paper Manufacturers' Museum and the Formation of the National Collections", Christine Woods, Journal of Design History, Vol. 12, No. 2 (1999), pp. 159-171,

Decorative Methods Used at Kathrineberg
Governor's Mansion (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)

Background on Historic Wallpaper Types


Articles About Wallpaper

Off-Line Section

"Nancy Vincent McClelland (1877-1959): Professionalizing Interior Decoration in the Early Twentieth Century" by Bridget May, in Journal of Design History, Vol. 21, No. 1, (Spring, 2008), pp. 59-74

"Panoramaniac's Delight," by Robert M. Kelly, in Wallpaper History Review, 1991, Manchester, England.

"Charles T. Ridgely: Pioneer Toolmaker," by Robert M. Kelly, in Wallpaper History Review, 1993/1994, Manchester, England.

"Getting The Blues In Washington, D. C.," by Robert M. Kelly, in Wallpaper History Review, 1995, Manchester, England.

"Staying Cool On A Tropical Island," by Robert M. Kelly, in Wallpaper History Review, 2001, Manchester, England.

"Wallpaper with Netting", by Linda Whitehead, Old House Journal (Sept/Oct, 1991). A good general article about the technique of covering plank walls with paperhanger's canvas. Never mind that the term "netting" has never been seen before or since.

"How Green Was My Valance", by P. Bartrip, English Historical Review, Sept. 1994.
Wins our "best title of a scholarly article: 1994" award. The author sets out to learn how much of a threat arsenic really was, what rules were put into place in the home furnishing industry in England, and what the results were, and comes up with a surprising amount of data.

"The Battle of Austerlitz: Scenic Wallpaper: New Dating and Old Politics", by Sabine Thummler, Studies in the Decorative Arts, V.4, No. 2. (1997). A masterful 40 page dissection of the iconography of the paper. Thummler is the curator at the German wallpaper museum in Kassel. Similar approach to that of Rob Emlen (Imagining America in 1834) in tracking down the sources. For example, many are prints and fine art such as oil paintings. These are shown side by side with the finished paper, to compare and contrast rendering, but, more importantly, to discuss the intended meaning.

"Jean-Baptiste Reveillon: A Man on the Make in Old Regime France", by Leonard Rosenband, in French Historical Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3. Long political article with fascinating detail about the man and his interactions with his workers, fellow tradesmen, and the public.

"Between Invention and Production: The Role of Design in the Manufacture of Wallpaper in France and England (1799-1801)" , by Christine Velut, Journal of Design History, V.17, No. 1. (2004), 55-69. Rather than viewing wallpaper in terms of style, use or technology, she breaks new ground in arguing that "design" of wallpaper is not so much a thing as it is a means of communication between parties. Goes a long way toward explaining why designers of wallpaper are so poorly paid.

"Imagining America in 1834", by Rob Emlen, Winterthur Portfolio 32:2/3, 1997. This is a very complete comparison of the images in Zuber's "Scenic America" with the sources, mostly the artwork of Milbert. Straight art history.

 


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