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Textile design

Textile design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Yonge, Mary (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, pencil and ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Eileen Knowles

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case T, shelf 28, box C

Mary Yonge worked for many years as a textile designer for Courtalds before becoming the Head of Studio. As she was working at Courtalds, Yonge taught one day a week at Central School of Arts and Design, where she had been a student. Yonge retired from Courtalds and began working freelance in the 1960's. During this period she worked with a group that sold their designs to major companies like Liberty & Co. and Edinburgh Weavers.

Although she used the name 'Yonge' on her work, Mary's married name was 'O'Donovan'. Mary Yonge passed away in 2010 aged 102.

Physical description

Design, small brightly coloured, composed of cartouche-like images of ponds and trees, featuring swimming and flying birds, and fruit, the background is painted in blue watercolour with red and white floral patterns resembling tulips and daisies.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1970 (made)


Yonge, Mary (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, pencil and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

A stamp on the reverse.


Height: 16.3 cm, Width: 18.4 cm

Object history note

Given by Eileen Knowles, the niece of Mary Yonge

Descriptive line

Design, for a printed textile, Mary Yonge, London, ca. 1970


Ink; Watercolour


Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Apple; Dove


Textiles; Designs; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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