Charles Francis Annesley Voysey 1857-1941


Charles Francis Annesley Voysey is a seminal figure in the nineteenth century British Arts and Crafts movement tipping the balance from gothic revivalism to the simplicity of the modern movement. He had trained as an architect under J.P. Seddon and his work appears to rejectany revivalist influence and he developed a distinctive vernacular style that he was loyal to throughout his career, but that was often tinged with obsessional detail.

However Voysey rejected any attemptsto associate his style with early Modernism and saw himself as Pugin’s heir. Voysey never won a commission for a public building but he developed an international reputation and following through publications of his work. During quieter times he frequently turned to pattern making to supplement his income and he was an accomplished and prolific designer of textiles and wallpapers in a much more decorative style and also designed metalwork, cutlery and lighting.



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