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Furnishing fabric - Pamela


  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Maromme (made)
    England (designed)

  • Date:

    1913 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bell, Vanessa, born 1879 - died 1961 (designer)
    Grant, Duncan, born 1885 - died 1978 (designer)
    Omega Workshops (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed linen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss M. Hogarth

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

The Omega Workshops were founded in 1913 by the designer and painter Roger Fry (1866-1934). He brought together a group of artists to design furniture, pottery, glass, textiles and entire schemes of interior decoration. Their radically abstract style, typified by this textile, was far ahead of its time and was influenced by developments in contemporary painting.

In keeping with the painting tradition, Fry believed that designs should not be too mechanical and should show evidence of the artist's hand. The workshops produced six printed linens which were used by the most daring clients as dress fabrics. The printers are said to have used a secret process to 'preserve the freedom and spontaneity of the original drawing'. This pattern, 'Pamela', was available in several colourways.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric of printed linen with arc and angle pattern formed by bold lines and scalloped bands.

Place of Origin

Maromme (made)
England (designed)


1913 (printed)


Bell, Vanessa, born 1879 - died 1961 (designer)
Grant, Duncan, born 1885 - died 1978 (designer)
Omega Workshops (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Printed linen

Marks and inscriptions

Pamela 7/00569
On the back


Height: 205 mm, Width: 384 mm

Object history note

Miss M. Hogarth (given 1930) - gave textiles between 1928 and 1935 (MA/1/H2383).
Minute of 8.3.1930 in RPs regarding Circ. 3 - 11-1932 and T. 238-243-1931 by Director indicated: 'Examples of thse Omega fabrics are now difficult to procure and though they may not now be popular, yet they are interesting as representing a definite stage in the development of modern Decorative Art in this country. I should like, therefore, to recommend that the gift be very gratefully accepted. The pieces are small and can be accommodated in the portfolio. The duplicate pieces will be very useful, if required, for Circulation purposes.' Letter of acceptance dated 15/03/1930 and signed by Eric Maclagan. (30/2364)

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric 'Pamela' of printed linen, possibly designed by Vanessa Bell or Duncan Grant for Omega Workshops, designed in England, made in Maromme, 1913

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

Beyond Bloomsbury. Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913-19, The Courtauld Gallery, London, 2009, p. 129, cat. 39C


Linen; Wool yarn




Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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