InHabit Seminar: Wallpaper in the Eighteenth Century

The final InHabit seminar of Hilary Term will take place at 5pm on Tuesday 4 March 2014 in the third floor seminar room of the Radcliffe Humanities Building.

Dr Clare Taylor (Open University): ‘Genteel paper hangings’: hanging wallpaper in the domestic interior’

Wallpaper is a relatively recent material of academic study, which has its origins in the revival of interest in the so-called decorative arts in the early years of the twentieth century. This paper explores the challenges and opportunities offered by studying the use of wallpaper in the domestic interior, focusing on case studies from the eighteenth century. Clare Taylor will outline how tradesmen, architects and consumers negotiated tensions around the choice of hanging this most ephemeral of products, and how it challenged other more established forms of wall decoration.

All are welcome. Drinks will be served after the seminar, and then dinner across the road at the Royal Oak Pub.

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