On display

Chrysanthemum wallpaper design (1877)

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Chrysanthemum is an intricate wallpaper design of pom-pom blooms and calligraphic foliage, underpinned by a subtle geometry. The lower portion of the drawing reveals how William Morris drew in pencil over a grid before adding watercolour, facilitating the repetition and transfer of elements by hand within the design.