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The Angel with the Trumpet

Furnishing Fabric
ca. 1884 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This block printed cotton fabric is the only known one designed by Herbert Horne for the Century Guild and it was produced in 1883 by Simpson & Godlee. In addition to floral motifs, Arts and Crafts textiles such as this one made use of figures. The main impetus for using motifs like these, as well as birds and animals, came from the rise in popularity of book illustration, particularly those done for children's books.

Herbert Horne was a writer, architect, designer and member of the Century Guild. He was apprenticed to Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo in 1883 and the two were business partners from 1885 to 1890. The Century Guild was established in 1883 by A. H. Mackmurdo and Selwyn Image with several others, including Horne. The Guild designed decorative arts of various types including textiles and upholstered furniture which were manufactured for it by outside firms, including Simpson & Godlee, a textile printing company. Much of this work was commissioned and sold through the Bond Street shop of Wilkinson & Sons.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Block-printed cotton
Brief Description
Furnishing fabric 'The Angel with the Trumpet' of block-printed cotton, designed by Herbert Percy Horne, printed by Simpson & Godlee, England, ca. 1884
Physical Description
Furnishing fabric of block-printed cotton. With a repeat of an angel dressed in yellow robes blowing a trumpet towrds the right against a background of swirling brown thorny stems.
Dimensions
  • Length: 96.5cm
  • Width: 70cm
Credit line
Given by Miss Elinor M. Pugh
Object history
Herbert Percy Horne is of the Century Guild.
Summary
This block printed cotton fabric is the only known one designed by Herbert Horne for the Century Guild and it was produced in 1883 by Simpson & Godlee. In addition to floral motifs, Arts and Crafts textiles such as this one made use of figures. The main impetus for using motifs like these, as well as birds and animals, came from the rise in popularity of book illustration, particularly those done for children's books.



Herbert Horne was a writer, architect, designer and member of the Century Guild. He was apprenticed to Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo in 1883 and the two were business partners from 1885 to 1890. The Century Guild was established in 1883 by A. H. Mackmurdo and Selwyn Image with several others, including Horne. The Guild designed decorative arts of various types including textiles and upholstered furniture which were manufactured for it by outside firms, including Simpson & Godlee, a textile printing company. Much of this work was commissioned and sold through the Bond Street shop of Wilkinson & Sons.
Bibliographic Reference
Parry, Linda. British Textiles from 1850 to 1900 London : Victoria and Albert Museum 1993. Plate 103.
Collection
Accession Number
T.85-1953

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record createdJanuary 8, 2004
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