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The individual patterns of this Persian ceiling paper set were drawn and adapted from examples of the Persian and Indo-Persian patterns depicted in Albert Racinet’s compendium “L’Ornement Polychrome,” published in installments between 1869 and 1873. A French costume historian, illustrator, painter, and author, Racinet (1825–93) worked as an engraver and artistic director for the French publisher Firmin-Didot et Cie. The success of “L’Ornement Polychrome” prompted a second series in 1885. The lavish imagery presented in both sets drew from cultures around the world and featured a variety of mediums, including woodwork, metalwork, architecture, textiles, painting, and pottery. International exhibitions of Islamic and other non-Western arts helped fuel the public’s desire for these styles, as did the collections of early museums, such as the British Museum in London (1753) and the Louvre in Paris (1793). Exoticism was not only found in decorative arts and interiors but was also a theme in nineteenth-century paintings. Special thank you to Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers (@bradburywallpaper) for making this exhibition possible. “The Victorian Papered Wall” is on display pre-security in the International Terminal and online at: https://bit.ly/VictorianPaperedWall This image was posted on December 21, 2022.