The House that Jack Built Bookmark
2¼ x 7¼ in. decorative bookmark
Attractively packaged in a plastic sleeve for protection
Published with the RIBA British Architectural Library Drawings Collection
C. F. A. Voysey (English, 1857–1941)
The House that Jack Built, 1929
Early in his career, before completing any of the architectural designs that would win him a measure of glory, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (English, 1857–1941) designed wallpaper and textiles. Later, after he had built fine houses and cottages endowed with (in his own words) “Repose, Cheerfulness, [and] Simplicity,” he was obliged to return to more modest projects to make a living. And throughout his career he moved constantly between work on houses, furniture, light fixtures, and other sorts of domestic designs. The breadth of his ability was in keeping with the Arts and Crafts ethic of William Morris, who felt that design ought to be all-encompassing, as well as the nascent philosophy of industrial design, with its resistance to all unnecessary ornament.