Design for wallpaper featuring blackbirds among stylized leaves
Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, (1857-1941)
Watercolour on paper
RIBA No. SB118/VOY 733
Voysey was an architect and a designer of wallpaper, fabrics and furnishings. He developed the 'Arts and Crafts' style, famously pioneered by William Morris, which was developed in the 1860s as a reaction against the industrialisation of Victorian Britain. Nature was an important source of Arts and Crafts motifs and the patterns used were inspired by British plants, birds and animals. Those involved in the Arts and Crafts movement believed in the equality of the decorative arts with the fine arts and felt that the home should be a work of art.