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'Abstract' wallpaper designed by Graham Sutherland

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Sutherland, Graham,
Cole & Son Ltd, 1945

This is a wallpaper sample of the design 'Abstract', by Graham Sutherland in 1945. Sutherland was a painter and engraver who exhibited in the International Surrealist Exhibition, held in London in 1936. He also worked as an official war artist in the Second World War. In 1945 this Sutherland pattern appeared in the Victoria and Albert museum's influential exhibition 'Historical and British Wallpaper.' It also appeared on the cover of Architectural Review in July of that year. It was then exhibited at the 'Britain Can Make It' exhibition (1946) and 'The Festival of Britain' (1951).

Object Number

BADDA2037

Wallpaper colour printed from wood blocks.


height: 440mm
width: 570mm

Further Reading

de Joia, Roberta (ed). A Popular Art: British Wallpapers 1930-1960 (Exhibition Catalogue). London: Middlesex University Press, 1989.
Catalogue No. 120, Page 64.

Exploring 20th Century London website
http://www.20thcenturylondon.org.uk/moda-badda2037

The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture blog
http://www.modamuseum.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/cole-son.html

de Joia, Roberta (ed). A Popular Art: British Wallpapers 1930-1960 (Exhibition Catalogue). London: Middlesex University Press, 1989.

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