BOOKPLATES AND BADGES OF C.F.A. VOYSEY, ARCHITECT & DESIGNER


BOOKPLATES AND BADGES OF C.F.A. VOYSEY, ARCHITECT & DESIGNER

KAREN LIVINGSTONE    Book Number: 86959    Product format: Hardback

This beautiful book showcases around 150 designs from C.F.A. Voysey's (1857-1941) personal archive, and many of them have never been published before. Each one has a glossy page to itself, with an explanation and commentary on the facing page, while an introduction describes Voysey's life in architecture and the influence of Morris, Ruskin and Pugin. The Arts and Crafts Movement revived the art of the bookplate, with designers such as Voysey himself raising the standard with plates that are miniature masterpieces. Other major artists who designed bookplates were Kate Greenaway, Jessie M. King, Edward Burne-Jones and Margaret MacDonald. A striking Voysey design from 1929 was made for the actor and film star Robert Donat, star of Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, while other clients from the world of the arts included the painters Harold Speed and Harold Knight. Most of the plates are in black and white but a well-known colour example is the leaping stag in green designed for Phyllis Reynolds. School badges were a significant genre in which Voysey excelled: King Alfred's School in Hampstead has a shield depicting the medieval monarch, while the seven Crab Tree Farm badges are beautiful examples of simplified motifs. Lincoln Grammar School has a more elaborate badge incorporating the Virgin and Child, and the Trinity College of Music has a gorgeous depiction of Saint Cecilia, patron of musicians. The 1915 badge for the Civic Survey of Greater London is a brilliant example of a modern theme given timeless treatment. 304pp, around 150 reproductions, some in colour.
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £12.50


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ISBN 9781851496402
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