Voysey's Birds and Animals

Karen Livingstone

An elegant and informative gift book devoted to designs by C. F. A. Voysey that incorporate birds, animals, and plants.

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941) is, with William Morris, one of the most enduringly popular designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement. A practicing 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 colorful designs by Voysey in which birds and animals are the principal motifs. Written by Karen Livingstone, a published expert on Voysey and the Arts and Crafts Movement, this book brings together not only completed patterns but also working drawings in pencil and watercolor.

Voysey’s Birds and Animals will both inform and delight, appealing to a broad readership of museum visitors and lovers of art and design.


Karen Livingstone


Karen Livingstone is deputy director of masterplan, exhibitions and design at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. She is a fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, and of the Royal Society of Arts. She has previously held senior and curatorial roles at the Science Museum Group, UK; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums. Her previous publications include International Arts and Crafts (with Linda Parry), Essential Arts and Crafts, C.F.A. Voysey: Arts & Crafts Designer (with Max Donnelly and Linda Parry), and Voysey's Birds and Animals (the last published by Thames & Hudson).