Book & Exhibition Reviews

New book on Chinese wallpapers by Emile de Bruijn exclusive discount to WHS members

Dear WHS members,

A smashing new book on Chinese wallpapers by Emile de Bruijn, has just been published, and we have managed to negotiate a 30% discount for WHS members. There is much new research with many fabulous illustrations. Please cut and paste the link below into your browser to find out more about the book:

http://www.ibtauris.com/Books/The%20arts/Art%20forms/Decorative%20arts/Chinese%20Wallpaper%20in%20Britain%20and%20Ireland?menuitem={DFF51E2F-C0BA-4928-ACC4-415188DCDEE8}

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Wallpaper at the Whitworth Gallery, 29 January – 9 October 2016

Richard and Guy Busby, progressive directors of the Lightbown Aspinall branch of the Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd (WPM) launched their collections of 100 architects’ papers in 1952. Then following on from the Festival of Britain the Busbys began commissioning another architects’ range – Palladio – to decorate the new public and commercial buildings being built as part of post-war redevelopment; architects… Continue reading

Three New Books!

The literature on wallpaper is comparatively small so the publication of new books is most welcome. We hope to included reviews of all three in the forthcoming Newsletter but here is advance information to whet your appetite:

  •  Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Homeby Lucinda Hawksley, Thames & Hudson /The National Archives, 2016, 256… Continue reading

Review – ‘Faire Le Mur – Quatre Siêcles de Papiers Peints

La Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France January 21st to June 12th, 2016.

The punning title of this exhibition puzzled me; faire le mur means to sneak out or go over the wall. But if its subtitle – 4 centuries of wallpaper – promised an international narrative of papiers peints, this proved misleading. The 300 wallpapers selected for display from… Continue reading

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