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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

2.21.2008

Edith Wharton and Wallpaper



In most of her writings, Edith Wharton expressed disdain for wallpaper. It was an element she saw used to extremes during the Gilded Age. But during the ongoing restoration of her New England estate, The Mount, curators discovered fragments of 11 different wallpaper patterns. Some remnants even popped up in her bedroom suite. There's an interesting article about Wharton's contradiction on The Mount's official site.

All images courtesy The Mount. The top two show restoration work in Wharton's bedroom, and the third is the author's drawing room as interpreted by Charlotte Moss.

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