Until the middle of the 19th century, children were accommodated in separate rooms, but these were not decorated as ‘nurseries’. As the century progressed, furnishings began to be designed specifically for children and by the end of the century, nursery wallpapers had become commonplace. Many of these were printed as ‘sanitary papers’, which were washable and considered more hygienic, as well as being free from arsenic!

These miniature wallpapers have been created from original designs in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

These designs are all available as 1:12th and 1:24th scale wallpaper, printed silk crêpe de chine and printed cotton.

The House That Jack Built

This is taken from a fabric design of 1929 by C.F.A. Voysey, who was a prominent Arts & Crafts Movement architect and designer, born in Yorkshire in 1857. Voysey's early work was as a designer of wallpapers, fabrics and furnishings in a simple Arts & Crafts style, but he is renowned as the architect of a number of notable country houses and he has obviously incorporated one of his houses into this design!

The Months

A nursery paper produced by David Walker & Co in 1893, with illustrations from Kate Greenaway’s ‘Almanac’. Kate Greenaway (1846 –1901) was an enormously popular writer and illustrator of children’s books

Like many of the early nursery papers, this design was produced as a ‘sanitary wallpaper’.

Miniature Wallpaper & Fabric
© Susan Bembridge Designs

Archive Images © V & A Images, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Nursery Rhymes

This is a 'sanitary' print nursery wallpaper designed by the Silver Studio in around 1895 and based on Kate Greenaway’s illustrations of popular nursery rhymes.

Reproduced with permission from the archives of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, London.

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