Architecture / Features & Decoration
circa 1830 - circa 1860
Watercolour on paper
Place of origin
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Belton House, Lincolnshire (Accredited Museum)
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Chinese wallpaper depicting flowering trees and plants, bamboo and rocks, with various birds, against a white background, painted in watercolours on paper, in the Bamboo Bedroom. The bamboo is white, which either indicates that it was painted with a pigment that has now faded, or that it was a deliberate stylistic feature. In at least one place a Chinese numeral is visible at the bottom of the sheet (probably used by the painters as an aid when lining up the scenery). The wallpaper is framed by a silvered faux bamboo fillet.
The wallpaper appears to have been hung in 1861 by the estate foreman, Mr Lowe, under the supervision of Marian, Viscountess Alford (1817–88). The silvering of the fillet appears to date from about 1930. Purchased by the National Trust as part of the contents of Belton House from Edward Cust, 7th Earl Brownlow, with the help of a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, 1984.