Charles Francis Voysey (1857 – 1941) was an English architect, furniture and textile designer. Our Lioness and Palms wallpaper is based on his original drawing found in the archives of the V&A museum.
Along with the likes of William Morris, he also took inspiration from Herbert Tudor Buckland and Augustus Pugin who drew heavilyon domestic architecture. It was his friend, Arthur Mackmurdo who introduced him to wallpaper design, and from there his career as a pattern designer became more prolific than his career as an architect: “now a ‘Voysey wallpaper’ sounds almost as familiar as a ‘Morris Chintz’ or a ‘Liberty Silk”. (1896 – The Studio)
The V&A has an extensive collection of Voysey’s work, including drawings, fabrics, carpets and wallpapers. While sifting through the archives we were excited to find a small watercolour he created in 1918.