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Length of roller printed cotton

Roller-printed cotton, glazed
Overall: 84 × 25 1/4 in. (213.4 × 64.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1963
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554
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."
[ Green , until 1963; sold to MMA ]
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