1969.1087.001 Wall covering, view 1, Flock Room 2013
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Wall covering

  • Category:

    Textiles (Furnishing)

  • Creator (Role):

    Herman Schinkel (Designer)

  • Place of Origin:

    Delft, North Holland, Netherlands, Europe

  • Date:


  • Materials:

    Wool; Oil paint; Canvas

  • Techniques:

    Flocked, Stenciled, Woodblock

  • Museum Object Number:


  • Complete Details

Object Number


Object Name

Wall covering


Textiles (Furnishing)

Credit Line/Donor

Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont

Creator (Role)

Herman Schinkel (Designer)-07/1568
Schinkel is associated with one of the oldest known references to wallpaper, quoted in James Knowles, Notes and Queries for July 1856: "Herman Schinkel, M.A., citizen and printer of Delft, belonging to the Reformed Religion, was apprehended A.D. 1568 on a charge of printing and publishing books inimical to the Catholic Faith; for which he was sentenced to death, and suffered in July following. In his examination(as detailed by him in his last and farewell letter to his wife), being interrogated as to certain ballads alleged by his accusets to have been printed at his press, he said they were printed by his servant in his absence. And: 'Want ick quam t'huys, eer dat sy gelevert waren, ende doe en eoude ick niet gedoogen, date mense leveren sonde, marick schichtesse in een moeck, om roosen en stricken op d'andere zijde te drucken, daer men solders mede bekleet" etc. ('When I came home and found they were not delivered, I refused to deliver them, and threw them in a corner, intending to print roses and strips on the other side, to paper attics with.')" (Sugden & Edmundson, A History of English Wallpaper, pp. 31-2)

Place of Origin

Delft, North Holland, Netherlands, Europe

Origin Notes

Schinkel was a Delft citizen. Origin is possibly Delft.




Wool; Oil paint; Canvas


Flocked, Stenciled, Woodblock

Dimensions (inches)

33.125 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

84.138 (W)

Measurement Notes

W of panel. Repeat W: 33.125 in. (84.14 cm).

Object Description

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Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Olligs, Heinrich. 1970 Tapeten: Ihre Geschichte bis zur Gegenwart. 1.
Identical wall covering illustrated as fig. 84, p. 113 (in the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, no. 19497).
[Book] Sugden, Alan Victor & Edmondson, John Ludlow. 1925 A History of English Wallpaper, 1509-1914. 281 p.
Color pl. 24, pp. 30-2, illustrates this or an identical wall covering at 31, Old Burlington Street, London.