Roseland Cottage

Lincrusta in the Hall

The 1880s wallcoverings in Roseland are a type known as Lincrusta Walton or Lincrusta. Invented by Frederic Walton in England in 1877, it’s produced by pressing a mixture of wood pulp and linseed oil onto a fabric or paper backing to create a raised pattern. Beginning in 1883 Lincrusta was produced in the Stamford, Connecticut factory of Frederick Beck & Co. The Lincrusta in the hall at Roseland includes a dado with a stylized sunflower design beneath a large scale damask pattern. At the ceiling, not visible in this image, is a frieze with interlacing rosettes.