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Design for Carpet

Date: 1898-1902
10 x 13 3/8 in. (25.4 x 34 cm.)
Medium: graphite, ink and watercolor on paper
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: recto upper left: "6' 0" x 3' 0" " [crossed out and written above is "6' 0" x 4' 0" "]; recto upper left: "Scale 1 1/2" = 1' "; recto upper right: "Ground of centre blue as McCulloch with light blue tracery running over as McC. other colours as McC. leaving out the fawy or brown colo Border white ground as sketch"; recto lower center: "This can be made 6x4 if approved"; recto lower left: "0 / 36685"; verso lower left: "Berger 18" on small circular sticker
Object Number: 2000.5.88
Label Text:This carpet design was made for George McCulloch (1852-1920), one of Morris & Company's most significant Australian clients. McCulloch ordered a set of the firm's Holy Grail tapestries in 1898 along with a special Hammersmith carpet for the same room. Inscriptions in the upper right corner of Dearle's design describe the client's preference for brighter colors than in earlier Morris examples, which generally had a deep indigo blue center with a contrasting red border.