Scope and Content

A selection of small sketches from the late 19th century to mid 20th century, including a number of copies of textiles in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and designs by, amongst others, William Scott Morton, F. J. Weideman, Frederick J. Mayers, Geo. A. Burch, Gast, Fischer and Künstlerwerkstätte Mayer. All designs are distinctly Japanese, Chinese or Oriental in style and some depict pictorial elements such as birds or flowers, however there are also a few that show the influence of Art Nouveau. Many of the designs are attached in multiples to single sheets of backing paper, and where this is the case, no dominant colour has been recorded.