C.F.A. Voysey (1857-1941)
'In my Orchard', design for a nursery textile or wallpaper
Process engraving coloured by hand
Museum no. E.333-1974
Charles Voysey was a prolific designer of wallpapers and textiles, many in Art Nouveau style but clearly influenced by Morris's principles of pattern design and use of plant forms and birds. However in an interview with 'The Studio' in 1893 (Vol.I , 1893, p.233), Voysey claimed that with good furniture 'a very simple or quite undecorated treatment of the walls would be preferable' and that wood panelling, polished, stained or painted, was a better wall covering than paper. Nevertheless the house he built for his father two years later was decorated with Voysey wallpapers and there is photographic evidence to show that he also used them in his own house, The Orchard.