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The Owl

  • Object:

    Wallpaper design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1897 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by C. F. A. Voysey

  • Museum number:

    E.263-1913

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DW, shelf 62

Physical description

Design for 'The Owl' wallpaper and textile pattern, showing pairs of owls and nests of chicks, large foliage and white berries, amongst foliage and white berries

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1897 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 522 mm, Width: 430 mm

Object history note

Produced as a paper by Essex & Co., 1897; as a hanging in woollen cloth tissue by Alexander Morton & Co., 1898.
A specimen of the textile was shown in the exhibition, Victorian and Edwardian Decorative Arts, VAM, 1952, catalogue no S.22.

Descriptive line

Design by C. F. A. Voysey for 'The Owl' wallpaper and textile pattern, London, 1897

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

Oman, Charles C. and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.
John Murdoch and Susan Lambert, Summary Catalogue of Textile Designs 1840-1985 in the V. & A. Museum and colour microfiche, Surrey: Emmett Microform, 1986

Production Note

Produced as a paper by Essex & Co., 1897; as a hanging in woollen cloth tissue by Alexander Morton & Co., 1898

Materials

Paper; Pencil; Water-colour

Techniques

Watercolour drawing; Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Leaves (plant materials); Chicks; Birds' nests; Berries; Owls; Symmetry

Categories

Wall coverings; Designs; Textiles; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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