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Furnishing fabric
  • Furnishing fabric
    Brown, F. Gregory, born 1887 - died 1941
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Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1922 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brown, F. Gregory, born 1887 - died 1941 (designer)
    Foxton, William (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Institute of Industrial Arts

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This furnishing fabric was designed by F. Gregory Brown for William Foxton in 1922. Abstract patterns, like this one of undulating arches, were among the most contemporary designs displayed in the Paris Exhibition of decorative arts of 1925. This textile was awarded a gold medal by the judges.

The firm of William Foxton Ltd., founded in 1903, produced some of the most innovative artist-designed textiles of the 1920. It commissioned artists such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Claude Lovat Fraser, F. Gregory Brown and Constance Irving. In 1915 William Foxton helped to found the Design and Industries Association. The aim was to improve the standard of British industrial design by exhibiting new designs and communicating information about them to those working in the field.

Physical description

Black, grey and cream angular waves create this pattern of undulating arches.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1922 (made)


Brown, F. Gregory, born 1887 - died 1941 (designer)
Foxton, William (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 45.5 cm, Width: 41 cm, Depth: 24.5 cm

Descriptive line

Printed unbleached linen, Gregory Brown for Foxton, British, 1922

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Samuels, Charlotte. Art Deco Textiles. London : V&A Publications, 2003. Plate 99.
Mendes, Valerie. The Victoria and Albert Museum's Textile Collection: British Textiles from 1900 to 1937. London : Trustees of the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1992. Plate 37.






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