A DECORATIVE ART: HISTORY OF WALLPAPERS

Wallpaper is often regarded as the Cinderella of decorative arts, yet its history is a fascinating subject. This lecture explores the history and development of wallpaper from the c16 to the present day and the changing ways in which wallpaper was used, including Chinese hand-painted papers, the work of William Morris & the Arts & Crafts Movement and Modernist and Contemporary patterns in the c20.


Jo Banham is an independent curator, writer and Director of the Victorian Society Summer School. She has published widely on wallpaper and interiors and has recently curated an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts & Crafts in Madrid and Barcelona.