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  • Place of origin:

    Petersfield (made)

  • Date:

    1931 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Troup, F. W., born 1859 - died 1941 (designer)
    Barnsley, Edward, born 1900 - died 1987 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Walnut lined with mahogany and cedar

  • Museum number:

    W.125:1 to 8-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Edward Barnsley (1900–1987) was born into a family of furniture makers. Both his father and his uncle, Sidney and Ernest Barnsley, were cabinet-makers inspired by the Arts and Crafts ideals of William Morris. Edward Barnsley continued the family tradition and trained at Geoffrey Lupton’s workshop near Froxfield, Hampshire. Lupton emigrated in 1923 and Barnsley took over the workshop, where he worked until his death in 1987.

This wardrobe was designed by the architect W.F. Troup (1859–1941) for use in his own home. It is thought that the sliding handles which conceal keyholes on the cupboard doors were probably his idea. However, the form and materials of the wardrobe are characteristic of Barnsley’s work. In particular, the framed-panel construction of the wardrobe doors and sides, the use of light-coloured wood, and the inclusion of graduated drawers (increasing in depth towards the bottom) are all features commonly found in Barnsley's work.

Physical description

Break fronted wardrobe of walnut, central section comprised of lifting cupboard door at top with four small and three large graduated drawers below; either side of this central section are two full-height cupboards doors; all the doors are of framed panel construction - one smaller square with two larger rectangular panels below for the outer cupboard doors and two equally sized square panels on the central lifting door (these panels the same size as those at the top of the doors); door and drawer handles in walnut, the door handles slide to reveal keyholes; interior lined with mahogany and cedar.

Place of Origin

Petersfield (made)


1931 (made)


Troup, F. W., born 1859 - died 1941 (designer)
Barnsley, Edward, born 1900 - died 1987 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Walnut lined with mahogany and cedar

Descriptive line

Wardrobe of walnut lined with mahogany and cedar; English 1931 des. F.W. Troup man. E. Barnsley

Labels and date

Designed by F.W. Troup (British, 1859-1941)
Made by Edward Barnsley (British, 1900-1987)
Walnut lined with mahogany and cedar
This wardrobe was designed by the architect F.W. Troup for his own house and made for the price of £96. Troup's career included both Arts and Crafts domestic and village architecture along with large commercial and public works. He was a dedicated member of the Art Workers' Guild, serving as Secretary from 1909 to 1917 and designing their meeting hall in Holborn in 1913. At the urging of his friend W.R. Lethaby, Troup taught leadwork at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. [1989-2006]


Walnut; Mahogany; Cedar


Cabinet making




Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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