Design for a woven textile
Bruce James Talbert (born 1838 - died 28/01/1881)
Pencil, watercolour and body colour
Height 55.9 cm x Width 55.8 cm
Museum no. E.91-1974
Given by Miss Elizabeth Aslin
Bruce Talbert first saw Japanese design at the International Exhibition of 1862 in London. It strongly influenced his work. Japanese designers were expert at producing geometric surface patterns in many variations and in many different materials. Metalwork and silk textiles were the easiest materials for European designers and manufacturers to produce in this new style.
Talbert designed textiles with stylized and abstract Japanese decoration. Warner & Son of Braintree, Essex, made this design by Talbert for a woven silk. The company commissioned many designs from leading designers in the late 1800s and in the 20th century.