I was commissioned by the Tate to transform a sketched wallpaper design by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti into a final design for the exhibition at the Tate Britain ’The Rossettis’.

When Rossetti married Elizabeth Siddal he designed a wallpaper for their drawing room of floor-to-ceiling trees, a night orchard with stars and apples amongst the branches which he didn’t complete in his lifetime.

I worked with the curators to realise Rossettis’ vision for the starlit blue and Venetian red orchard. It was an incredible experience working with the curators Carol Jacobi and James Finch and an honour to complete the piece Rossetti started.

The original sketch by Rossetti at the bottom of this page. The exhibition runs until the 24th September 2023 at the Tate Britain
Tate Britain

© Ilyanna Kerr