New Book | Wallpapers at Temple Newsam

Posted in books by Editor on April 7, 2019

From John Sandoe Books in London, published by Leeds Art Fund:

Anthony Wells-Cole and Barbara Walker, Wallpapers at Temple Newsam: 1635 to the Present, Issue 3 of Leeds Art Studies (Leeds: Leeds Art Collections Fund, 2018), 367 pages, ISBN: 978-0954797959, £50.

Stunning, large format illustrated catalogue of the wallpapers at Temple Newsam, one of the few significant collections in this country. Though many rooms were damaged or stripped of their papers, an enormous amount of conservation work has been achieved over several decades. Not least, a new company—the now famous Zoffany & Co.—was created to make meticulous reproductions of some of the wallpapers based on fragments. The wall coverings at Temple Newsam date from about 1700 to the present day, including half a century of rather unsympathetic redecoration from the 1930s on. Most of the historic Temple Newsam wallpapers have been found since 1979 during structural repair works and during restoration of the house between 1980 and 2009.

Ros Byam Shaw supplies a review in the March 2019 issue of The World of Interiors, pp. 63–64.

Some rooms revealed a rich palimpsest of patterns, stuck one on top of the other—17 layers in one maid’s bedroom. In all, some 400 different wallpapers were discovered, the earliest dating back to the turn of the 18th century—or to 1635 if you count the pieces of embossed and gilded leather wall hanging found in a room once used as a chapel. This beautifully produced book is a catalogue of these papers, each photographed in colour, each with a provenance. . . . [After 1983 Temple Newsam] began to receive donations of wallpaper, most notably from the Burford antique dealer Roger Warner (WoI Jan 2009), including samples from the archive of his grandfather’s company, Jeffrey & Co. Sixty-four different papers came from another large house, Ashburnham Place in Sussex. At least half of the book is devoted to these and to pieces salvaged from private homes . . .


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