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Edinburgh, 22 York Road, Grange House, interior. Detail of nursery paper frieze.

SC 690852

Description Edinburgh, 22 York Road, Grange House, interior. Detail of nursery paper frieze.

Catalogue Number SC 690852

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 35765 CN

Scope and Content Detail of the paper frieze in the nursery of Grange House, No 22 York Road, Edinburgh Grange House was built c.1820, and is a fine two-storeyed, three-bayed Italianate villa. The façade features a Roman Doric columned portico with cast-iron balcony above. The frontage is built of smooth ashlar masonry, and the sides and rear of rubble. This shows the wavy-bordered nursery frieze which illustrates a rhyme repeated in the design, 'Blow Wind Blow'. This commercially printed paper replicates hand-tinted, woodblock prints with its pretty, pastoral imagery of windmills and cornfields. This border was probably applied in the inter-war years, and is a rare survival of an ephemeral decorative scheme. Nursery wallpapers are usually removed when a child grows up, and borders allow the quick updating of a room without complete redecoration. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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