Voysey’s Birds and Animals


A gift book showcasing the animal designs of C. F. A. Voysey, one of the most popular designers of the Arts & Crafts movement.


ISBN: 9780500480601 Category:

Karen Livingstone


Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941) is, with William Morris, one of the most enduringly popular designers of the Arts & Crafts Movement. A practising architect, Voysey also designed a broad range of applied arts objects, from furniture, ceramics, and metalwork to wallpaper, carpets, tiles, and fabrics. His pattern designs, created from the 1880s to the early 1930s, are among his best-known works today. His wallpaper and textile designs are characterized by simple, stylized, rhythmic patterns that base their motifs on forms found in the natural world. Plants abound, but so too do birds and animals, represented as silhouettes or in soft pastel shades. This elegant, accessibly priced volume offers a wealth of colourful designs by Voysey in which birds and animals are the principal motifs. Written by Karen Livingstone, a published expert on Voysey and the Arts & Crafts Movement, this book brings together not only completed patterns but also working drawings in pencil and watercolour. Voysey’s Birds and Animals will both inform and delight, appealing to a broad readership of museum visitors and lovers of art and design.

Additional information

Weight 432 g
Dimensions 19.7 x 17.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 3 March 2020
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.7 x 17.8 cm
Weight 432 g


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Karen Livingstone is Director of Masterplan and Estate at the Science Museum. Her previous publications include Essential Arts and Crafts and V&A Pattern: Voysey.