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White

Furnishing Fabric
1913 (printed), 07/1914 (design registered)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The Omega Workshops at 33 Fitzroy Square 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'. 'White' was possibly named after the suffragette Amber Blanco-White, who rented a room at the top of the building in Fitzroy Square. It was available in several colourways.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed linen
Physical Description
Printed linen furnishing fabric with a linear, striped, step pattern over colour patches
Dimensions
  • Height: 625mm
  • Width: 797mm
  • Height: 720mm (Note: Frame)
  • Width: 880mm (Note: Frame)
  • Depth: 40mm (Note: Frame)
Marks and Inscriptions
  • On the front: 12 (twice)
  • On the back: White 12/00574; in large letters: White 12@
Credit line
Given by Roger Fry
Object history
(MA/1/F1493, 13/5540 M) A.F.Kendrick minute to director on 4 Dec 1913 notes gift of seven pieces of modern printed fabrics to Museum: 'Seven specimens of "post-impressionism" as applied to the printing of linen fabrics were lent by Mr Fry to Mr Lindsay to show at his evening lectures here. I asked if he would give them (as they may become great curiosities in the future) and he consents. If you agree to their acceptance I will put the usual procedure into practice.' Applied to T.386-T.390-1913.
Summary
The Omega Workshops at 33 Fitzroy Square 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'. 'White' was possibly named after the suffragette Amber Blanco-White, who rented a room at the top of the building in Fitzroy Square. It was available in several colourways.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Beyond Bloomsbury. Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913-19, The Courtauld Gallery, London, 2009, p. 123, cat. 36E.
Collection
Accession Number
T.389-1913

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record createdAugust 14, 2008
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