AHRC launches online design gallery
‘Design in the Archives: taste, copyright and the decorative arts’ brings together a unique collection of images featuring ornamental designs for textiles and wallpapers from the 19th century.
The gallery includes designs by arts and crafts icon William Morris and pioneering decorative arts designer AWN Pugin. The 15 featured designs range from floral to oriental patterns, and from fairytales to peacock feathers.
All the designs were submitted as part of the copyright application process, following a watershed moment in 1839 which allowed all ornamental designs to be subject to copyright for the first time in history. The designs are from the Designs Registry, part of the Board of Trade, and are now held here at The National Archives.