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28th November 2023

This leaf design on cotton velvet (1935, V&A) by Duncan Grant was commissioned for the first-class lounge of the Queen Mary ocean liner, but was not used. It is has a typically loose, free, Bloomsbury aesthetic but Grant would have followed exactly the same rules for creating a successful repeat as William Morris. A modernised version has been reissued by Charleston; it still feels fresh and vibrant almost ninety years later, and would make lovely curtains.

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