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The House that Jack Built

  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Edinburgh (made)

  • Date:

    1929 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (designer)
    Morton Sundour Fabrics Ltd. (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    printed cotton

  • 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.

Place of Origin

Edinburgh (made)


1929 (designed)


C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (designer)
Morton Sundour Fabrics Ltd. (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

printed cotton

Descriptive line

printed cotton, 1929, British; Voysey for Morton Sundour, 'House That Jack Built'


Textiles; Interiors; Children & Childhood; Scotland


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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