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Furnishing fabric
  • Furnishing fabric
    Le Brocquy, Louis, born 1916 - died 2012
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Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1956 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Brocquy, Louis, born 1916 - died 2012 (designer)
    David Whitehead & Sons Ltd. (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by David Whitehead & Sons Ltd.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Irish-born artist who created the design for this fabric, Louis le Brocquy, was entirely self-taught. Having studied paintings in various institutions, including the National Gallery in London, le Brocquy went on to produce a challenging body of work with clear sensitivity to the turbulent political climate in Britain after the Second World War. Le Brocquy's textile designs were similarly progressive. The severe forms and stark contrast in colours employed in his designs are visually unsettling and recall his most famous work, a depiction of domestic isolation entitled A Family, painted in 1951, now in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Le Brocquy executed this design for David Whitehead Ltd., a leading manufacturer of furnishing fabrics, based in Lancashire. The company engaged avant-garde designers to produce furnishings with a modern look, throughout the 1950 and 1960s. The design on this fabric was created by mechanised screen-printing, then a comparatively new technology that reduced costs considerably for the manufacturer.

Physical description

Screen-printed furnishing fabric with a grey and black design imitating a stone wall.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1956 (designed)


Le Brocquy, Louis, born 1916 - died 2012 (designer)
David Whitehead & Sons Ltd. (designed for)

Materials and Techniques


Descriptive line

Screen-printed furnishing fabric, designed by Louis Le Brocquy for David Whitehead & Sons Ltd., Great Britain, 1956

Subjects depicted



Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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