‘Wallpaper in Ireland 1700-1900’
by David Skinner
This lavishly illustrated book is the first devoted to the subject of the use and manufacture of wallpaper in Ireland. Drawing on his extensive experience both as a maker and a researcher of historic wallpapers, David Skinner has compiled a broad but detailed survey of the patterns used to decorate Irish houses from the early eighteenth century until the demise of the Irish ‘paper-staining’ trade at the close of the nineteenth century. Journals, letters, invoices and newspaper advertisements are among the sources drawn on to chart the social history of wallpaper, while other topics covered include the role of emigrant Irish artisans in developing wallpaper manufacture in France and North America, the tax on wallpaper, and the trade in smuggled wallpaper between Ireland and Victorian England. The lives and working conditions of the masters and journeymen who made wallpaper are examined, and discussed in the context of the general economic circumstances that governed manufacturing trades in Ireland before and after the Act of Union.
This book will provide an invaluable guide to researchers, architects and those involved in the study of historic interiors. Many of the rooms illustrated are published here for the first time, and include little known examples of the sumptuous wallpapers imported from China and France, set alongside the products of native ‘paper-stainers’. 213 pages, 243 illustrations, published by Churchill House Press. All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the work of the Irish Georgian Society in preserving Ireland’s built heritage.