Fragment of original anaglypta paper dado mounted on card and fixed with metal staples. Dimensions: 678 x 605 mm. Green and burgundy Art Nouveau design in relief with unpainted sections at the top and bottom of the fragment. Fragment is discoloured and damaged in places. Fragile condition.

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Probable Date

Circa 1910

Statement of Significance

This fragment of an anaglypta paper dado was found in Building A, Sydney Technical College, Ultimo. It was discovered in late 1987/early 1988 when workers from the NSW Public Works Dept. removed timber panelling in the Superintendent's Office and found a large section of dado and a frieze featuring stylized orange flowers above the dado. It is possible that the dado and frieze were produced by college students.1

"Anaglypta" comes from the Latin meaning carved in relief or embossed. Anaglypta paper was invented by Thomas J. Palmer and first manufactured in England in 1886. The product was launched at the Manchester Jubliee Exhibition in 1887. It was made from cotton fibre pulp and could be sized, painted and cleaned. Anaglypta was often used as a substitute for traditional relief decorations in fashionable houses and public buildings in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 2
1. 'Etched in time' (1988) TAFE New South Wales : newsletter of the New South Wales Dept. of Technical and Further Education, April 1988, p11
2. Hoskins, Lesley (ed.) (2005) The papered wall : the history, patterns and techniques of wallpaper. New & expanded ed.. Thames & Hudson, London pp. 156-157.

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Prop drawer 6, Library




wallpaper, anaglypta, Sydney Technical College, dado