The birth of the design, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey

XJF359012 Charles Voysey (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); black and white photograph; Private Collection; (add. info.: Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941) English architect, furniture and textile designer); English, out of copyright

C. F. A. Voysey, also known as Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, is an architect born in Yorkshire, England on May 28, 1857.

After gaining experience in the London studies of J. P. Seddon and George Devey respectively, in 1882 Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941) founded his own office.

Although highly influenced by the Art and Crafts movement, he followed his own style less  oriented to the past and more functional than ornamental.

Speed, Harold; Charles Francis Annesley Voysey; National Portrait Gallery, London;
154-1898 Tapestry – The Orchard; wool & silk; whole view; designed by William Morris (1834 – 96); English (London); c.1863.

 His interest  encompassed, in addition to house construction, interior decoration, the simplicity of which is further  accentuated by the uncoated wooden surfaces that Voysey is so fond of.

His wish was that everything, even the toothbrushes, of which no sketch exists, should be conceived by the architect.

He also designed furniture, textiles for Alexander Morton & Co, and wallpaper for Essex & Co.

 His extensive work encompasses mainly country houses, often with  slate roofs,  rough plastered surfaces,  rows of windows, and high two-pitched or pompadour roofs.

Certain sectors of the middle class, enriched by industrialization, wanted a comfortable country house, like the nobility in the past; they formed the clientele of Voysey, who designed the right shapes for their  lifestyle.

1893 the Perrycroft house for J. W. Wilson arises near Malvern, England; in 1896 the Greyfriars house in  Surrey, also in England.

Annesley Lodge in Hampstead, near London (1895-1897), is built for Voysey’s father.

The L- shaped floor plan home features the same bays as the Perrycroft home, while forgoing romantic details like the tower and round windows.


The Broadleys house, with white plastered pebbles, located on Lake Windermere, England (1898-1899), is built for Arthur quirre Currer Briggs, who with his weekend guests accessed it by boat.

 Three round bay windows on the east side, with large surfaces and glazed with horizontal  baquette windows, offer a panoramic  view and open the 60- centimeter- thick walls.

Around this time, Voysey designed the Moorcrag residence for J. W. Buckley, whose light, almost square plan is covered by a sophisticated rooftop landscape.

1899, Voysey builds The Orchard, a country house next to a train station, which summarizes all his developments.

Gössel, P. (2007). The A-Z of Modern Architecture (Vol. 1). Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag.

Publicado por ilabasmati

Licenciada en Bellas Artes, FilologÍa Hispánica y lIiteratura Inglesa.

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