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Furnishing fabric - The Wykehamist
  • The Wykehamist
    C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941
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The Wykehamist

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1897 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (designer)
    Alexander Morton & Co. (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Jacquard woven silk, wool and cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr John Scott and Mr Philip Allison

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Charles Voysey was one of the most original and influential architects and designers of all forms of decorative art working at the end of the 19th century. In 1882 he set up his own architecture practice and from the late 1880s started to design repeating patterns for wallpaper, woven and printed textiles and carpets.

Voysey's most interesting designs date from this time and show the influence of William Morris's principles of pattern design and use of plant forms and animals as standard motifs. Voysey's textiles are dominated by flowing patterns incorporating birds, deer, hearts, flowers and trees in silhouette. He sold his work to manufacturers such as G. P. & J. Baker, Thomas Wardle and Alexander Morton, and many of his designs were sold through Liberty in London. Voysey's work was well known in continental Europe, and though popular with French Art Nouveau designers, his influence was felt more dramatically by the founders of the Modern movement.

Physical description

Furnishing fabric hanging in Jacquard woven silk, wool and cotton. Woven silk wool and cotton double cloth with a cotton warp and silk and wool weft. Thistle head motifs in pink and peach outlined in green alternating with palmettes in pale blue. Both are surrounded with large stylised leaves in mauve and dark orange on a green ground and which is figured with a small subsidiary design of vine leaves and bunches of grapes in pink.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1897 (designed)


C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (designer)
Alexander Morton & Co. (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Jacquard woven silk, wool and cotton


Length: 228 cm, Width: 131.5 cm, Length: 93.5 in, Width: 51.25 in, Length: 16 in repeat, Width: 12.5 in repeat, Length: cm repeat, Width: 31.7 cm repeat

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric hanging 'The Wykehamist' in Jacquard woven silk, wool and cotton, designed by C.F.A. Voysey for A. Morton & Co., Great Britain, ca. 1897


Silk; Wool; Cotton


Jacquard weaving

Subjects depicted

Leaves; Grapes; Vines; Thistles


Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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