Probably intended for use as a window shade, this furnishing fabric presents a Gothic Revival motif of stained-glass windows replete with tracery, Tudor rose, and Campbell coat-of-arms. Although extremely popular, such repeating architectural patterns were condemned by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, who noted that "a moment's reflection must show the extreme absurdity of repeating a perspective over a large surface with some hundred different points of sight: a panel or wall may be enriched and decorated at pleasure, but it should always be treated in a consistent manner."
Artist: Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse)Date: ca. 1879Medium: Gilt and silver-plated brass; split bamboo; leather covered wood with velvet on the underside and glazed cotton liningsAccession: 2000.594.1a, b–.8On view in:Gallery 556
Artist: Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham )Date: 1898Medium: Dyed wool and silk on undyed cotton warp (15 warps per inch; 5-6 per cm.)
Accession: 2008.8a–cOn view in:Gallery 556