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Alice in Wonderland

  • Object:

    Textile design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    July 1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured process engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Courtaulds Ltd.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2D, shelf DR76, box T181

Physical description

Design for furnishing fabric with pattern based on Tenniel's illustrations for Lewis Carrol's 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'

Place of Origin

London (made)


July 1930 (made)


C. F. A. Voysey, born 1857 - died 1941 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured process engraving

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated in pen and ink on reverse 'CFA Voysey / Architect F.R.A. B.A / 73 St James Street SW1 / July 1930


Height: 545 mm sheet, Width: 554 mm sheet, Height: 522 mm printed area, Width: 535 mm printed area

Object history note

Beginning in the 1880s, a strong interest in children's book illustration developed in England, and this Voysey pattern, typical of his original and witty style, continued to be popular for a very long time after its introduction. The Alice in Wonderland fabric came to the Museum as part of a large group of textiles and original design drawings donated by Jocelyn Morton, a descendant of the founder of Alexander Morton & Co. of Darvel, Scotland, which manufactured some of the best of English Arts and Crafts textiles.

Descriptive line

C.F.A. Voysey. "Alice in Wonderland". Hand-coloured process engraving, British, July 1930.

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

John Murdoch and Susan Lambert, Summary Catalogue of Textile Designs 1840-1985 in the V. & A. Museum and colour microfiche, Surrey: Emmett Microform, 1986


Watercolour; Printing ink


Process engraving; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Stylized flowers; Playing cards; Hatter; Queens; Lions; Griffin; Rabbits; Walrus; Cat


Textiles; Designs; Drawings; Children & Childhood


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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