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The Arts & Crafts Houses of C. F. A. Voysey Book of Postcards

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Published with: the Royal Institute of British Architects

A leading figure in the British Arts and Crafts movement, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey specialized in the design of small country houses for wealthy clients, among them industrialists, a publisher, and the celebrated writer H. G. Wells. With their emphasis on ground-hugging horizontality, hipped roofs, brick walls covered with white-painted roughcast, and enlivening splashes of color, these houses were marked by a graceful simplicity and a refreshing freedom from the imitative styles that had bedeviled so much of England’s 19th-century architecture. The renderings reproduced in this book of postcards showcase Voysey’s brilliance in creating homes faithful to his design ideals of “Repose, Cheerfulness, Simplicity, Breadth, Warmth, Quietness in a storm, Economy of upkeep, Evidence of protection, Harmony with surroundings, Absence of dark passages, even-ness of temperature.”
29 color reproductions bound in a handy postcard collection

• Mail the postcards, or keep the book for your own collection
• Decorate your office or dorm room with a wall of images
• Informative introductory text
• Backs of postcards offer enough room for short messages
• Perforated for easy removal
• Oversized postcards may require additional postage
• Pomegranate’s books of postcards feature exclusive selections of art from museums and artists around the world

Published with the Royal Institute of British Architects

Book: 6.875 x 4.75 x .375 in.
Postcard: 6.5 x 4.75 in.

ISBN 9780764942198

C. F. A. Voysey

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, he would built the great country houses and cottages endowed with (in his own words) “Repose, Cheerfulness, [and] Simplicity.” He often designed every detail of their interiors, including textiles and movable furniture. 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. Voysey's work was also influenced by the nascent philosophy of industrial design, with its resistance to all unnecessary ornament. His designs often suggest that he sought simplicity in his houses so that he might decorate their walls and tables all the more gaily with flowers and sailing boats.