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Apple wallpaper (designed 1877, printed c.1950)

William Morris designed this wallpaper in 1877. The pattern combines apples and scrolling acanthus leaves against a background of foliage. The wallpaper required three wood-blocks with a repeat size of 30.5 x 26.7 cm. This version is a colour match for the finished wallpaper and was probably printed using original Morris & Co. blocks by the firm Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd. around 1950, after they acquired the blocks from Morris & Co. when they closed in 1940. It is stamped down the right edge: 'MORRIS & Co'  and has the pattern number B9386C.