Wallpaper for the Palace of Westminster Designed by A.W.N.Pugin (1812-52) Produced by Samuel Scott for J.G.Crace 1847 England Colour print from woodblocks Museum no. E.150-1976 This is one of more than a hundred papers designed by Pugin for the Palace of Westminster. It exemplifies Pugin's principles of pattern design, combining rich colours with flat formalised motifs. For Pugin, Gothic was the pre-eminent style. He believed that 'All ornament should consist of enrichment of the essential construction of a building' [Pugin, 'True Principles', 1841, reprint, NY, St Martin's Press, 1973, p.1], and for him only the art and architecture of the Gothic period had fulfilled these ideals. He abhorred the debased version of the style promulgated in wallpapers illustrating Gothic ruins or elaborate architecture.
East Window Augustus W. Pugin St. Paul's Parish Church Pugin designed the windows in the main body of St Paul's, which were made by the firm of John Hardman (1811-67). The West and East windows are particularly admired, and have recently been restored. The West window features two rows of figures of the saints, and the East windows shows the Tree of Jesse.