The Arts & Crafts Houses of CFA Voysey: Postcard Book
Twenty-nine colour reproductions featuring houses designed by British architect and designer CFA Voysey bound in a handy postcard collection.
Published with the Royal Institute of British Architects
Book measures: 6.8" x 4.75"
Postcard: 6.5" x 4.75"
Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941) 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 colour, these houses were marked by a graceful simplicity and a refreshing freedom from the imitative styles that had bedevilled so much of England’s nineteenth-century architecture.
Voysey drew his inspiration from vernacular building traditions and practical considerations that led him to reject overblown decoration and clutter, creating homes faithful to his ideal combination 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 and making the house a frame to its inmates.” These qualities, which he consistently espoused, are readily evident in some of his most striking works, such as Perrycroft (1894), in Colwall, Hertfordshire; Broadleys (1898) and Moorcrag (1899), which overlook Lake Windermere; and his own house, The Orchard (1899), in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire.