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Wallpaper c.1786

Further reading

If you have a book recommendation for this page please get in touch. Some books may now be out of print, but used copies are often available online.

Copies of our journal The Wallpaper History Review are also on sale on this site.

Key books


De Bruijn, E., Chinese Wallpaper in Britain and Ireland, National Trust, 2017

​Dodwell, C. R., (Foreword) A Decorative Art: 19th Century Wallpapers in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Greater Manchester Council, 1985

Hendon, Z., Wallpaper, Shire Publications, 2018


Hoskins, L., [ed], The Papered Wall: the History, Patterns and Techniques of Wallpaper, Thames & Hudson, 2005

Rosoman, T., London Wallpapers: their Manufacture and Use 1690–1840, Oxford University Press, 2010

Saunders, G., Wallpaper in Interior Decoration, V&A, 2002

Wells-Cole, A., Historic Paper Hangings from Temple Newsam and Other English Houses, Leeds City Art Galleries, 1983

Wells-Cole, A. & Walker, B., Wallpapers at Temple Newsam 1635 to the present, Leeds Art Fund, 2018

Additional resources


Ackerman, P., Wallpaper: its History, Design and Use,  Heinemann, 1923


Anderson, J., Glorious Splendor: the 18th-Century Wallpapers in the Jeremiah Lee Mansion in  Marblehead, Massachusetts, Donning Company, 2013

Andrews, W.D., 'The Cowtan Order Books, 1824–1938: an analysis of wallpaper and decorating records
and their use as historical sources' 
(PhD thesis, University of Cambridge)

Clouzot, H., Histoire du papier peint en France, FB&C Ltd (republished), 2018

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, Wallpaper: a Picture-book of Examples in the Collection of the Cooper Union Museum. New York. 1961


Crace, J.G., (Author) and Sugden A.V & Entwistle E.A. (Foreword) Crace, J. G., The Crace Papers: Two Lectures on the History of Paperhangings, 1839

De Bruijn, E., Bush A. P., Clifford, H., Chinese Wallpaper in National Trust Houses, National Trust, 2014

De Salvo, D., & Massie, A. (curation); Saunders, G. (essay) Apocalyptic Wallpaper, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, 1997

Ellis, L., 'I Believe in Wallpaper': Examining Salesmanship through The Wallpaper Magazine 1920–1939'

(MA dissertation, University of Brighton, 2019)

Entwisle, E.A., A Literary History of Wallpaper, Batsford, 1960


Entwisle, E.A., The Book of Wallpaper: a History and an Appreciation, Kingsmead Reprints, 1970

Fischer, C., Wallcoverings: Applying the Language of Color and Pattern. From the F. Schumacher & Co Collections, Universe, 2003


Fischer, J., Wallpaper - Tapeten - Papiers peints,  Ullman. 2008

Greysmith, B., Wallpaper, Studio Vista, 1976

Hawksley, L., Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home, Thames and Hudson, 2016

Jennings, A.S., Wallpapers and Wall Coverings, Trade Papers Publishing Co, 1903

Jennings, A.S., Wall-paper Decoration, Trade Papers Publishing Co, 1907


Hapgood, M.O., Wallpaper and the Artist: from Dürer to Warhol, Abbeville Press, 1992

Jaqué, B., Le Papier Peint: Decor d’Illusion, Editions Jean-Pierre Gyss, 1989


Kelly, R. M., The Backstory of Wallpaper: Paper-Hangings 1650–1750,, 2013


Khan, S., Paper Tapestry, Epsom Wells & The Origin of English Wallpaper 1680–1720, 2012

Koldeweij, E., The Marketing of Gilt Leather in Seventeenth-Century Holland, Print Quarterly, XIII, 1996

Kosuda-Warner, J., Kitsch to Corbusier: Wallpapers from the 1950s.  Exhibition catalogue, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York, 1995

Kosuda-Warner, J., Landscape Wallcoverings, Scala, London; Cooper-Hewitt New York, 2001

Lawrence, D., 'Getting the decorators in: trade and practice c1850–1950',  WHS website blog

Lynn, C., Wallpaper in America from the Seventeenth Century to World War I, Norton, 1980

Mapes, P., 'The English Wallpaper Trade 1750–1830'

(PhD thesis, University of Leicester)

Nouvel-Kammerer, O., (Ed) French Scenic Wallpaper, 1795–1865, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris 1990; English ed. 2000

Nouvel-Kammeerer, O., (Ed) Wallpapers of France 1800–1850, Zwemmer, 1981

Nylander, R.C., et al, Wallpaper in New England, SPNEA, 1986

Nylander, R.C., Wallpapers for Historic Buildings, The Preservation Press, 1992

Oman, C.C., and Hamilton, J., Wallpapers: a History and Illustrated Catalogue of the Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A, 1982

Parry, L., ed., William Morris, Philip Wilson Publishers in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1996

Sanborn, K., Old time wall papers; an account of the pictorial papers on our forefathers' walls, with a study of the historical development of wall paper making and decoration, Literary Collector Press, Greenwich, Conn.,1905

Saumarez Smith, C., Eighteenth-Century Decoration: Design and the Domestic Interior in England, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1993


Saunders, G., Woods, C., Heyse-Moore, D., Keeble, T. Walls Are Talking, The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester & KWS Publishers, 2010

Schoeser, M., Sanderson: the Essence of English Decoration, Thames & Hudson, 2010​

Skinner, D., Wallpapers in Ireland 1700–1900, Churchill House Press, 2014


Stavenow-Hidemark, E. (ed.), New Discoveries, New Research, papers from the international wallpaper conference at the Nordiska Museet, Stockholm 2007. (2009).

Sugden, A.V., and Edmondson, J.L., A History of English Wallpaper; 1509–1914, Batsford 1926

Sugden, A.V., WPM: The Pattern of a Great Organisation, The Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd, 1949

Sugden, A.V. and Entwisle, E. A., Potters of Darwen: a Century of Wallpaper Printing by Machinery 1839–1939, G. Falkner &Sons, 1939


Taylor, L. (foreword) Wallpaper in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design,  Cooper-Hewitt Museum. New York, 1981

Teynac, L., et al, Wallpaper: a History, Thames and Hudson, 1982

Thibaut-Pomerantz, C., Wallpaper: a History of Style and Trends, Flammarion, 2009

Turner, M. et al, A Popular Art: British Wallpapers 1930–1960, Middlesex Polytechnic,1989

Velut, C., Murs de Papier 1798–1805, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 2018

Ward, G.W,. Wall paper, its origin, development and manufacture, Pitman, 1922

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