For most of the 1870s Godwin was designing high-end wallpaper for some of the country’s leading paper stainers and art furniture houses.  Only a  tiny fraction of Godwins’ work has survived as wallpaper, but over fifty completed designs can be found in his notebooks.

Although the wallpaper industry was mechanizing rapidly in the 1870s and serving a booming consumer market, Godwins’ work still required old school hand-engraved wooden blocks.