Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941), Architect and designer

Architect and designer; born 28 May 1857 near Hull, son of a controversial clergyman. Trained with architects John Pollard Seddon and George Devey but made initial reputation with wallpaper and textile designs, before becoming known 1890–1914 for medium-size ‘country cottage’ houses that pioneered a distinctive and influential arts-and-crafts style; active in Art Workers Guild 1884–1904, elected master 1924; after 1920 his practice dwindled, but despite his opposition to its principles he was elected fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects 1924 and gold medallist 1940; died 12 February 1941, at Winchester.

Voysey was a short man with sandy hair and very blue eyes, who prided himself on his resemblance to John Wesley, a maternal ancestor. [1] Temperamentally he was aloof and somewhat intimidating – ‘clean and prim and gentle, but of firm disposition’. [2]

Dr Jan Marsh

Footnotesback to top

1) Hitchmough 1995, p.54.
2) Donat 1941 p.193.

Referencesback to top

Brandon-Jones et al. 1978
Brandon-Jones, J., and others, C.F.A. Voysey: Architect and Designer 1857–1941, exh. cat., Brighton Art Gallery & Museum, 1978.

Briggs 2004
Briggs, M.S., ‘Voysey, Charles Francis Annesley (1857–1941)’, rev. W. Hitchmough, ODNB, Oxford, 2004; online ed., October 2007.

Donat 1941
Donat, R., ‘Uncle Charles’, Architects’ Journal, vol.25, 1941, p.193.

Gebhard 1975
Gebhard, D., Charles F.A. Voysey Architect, Los Angeles, 1975.

Hitchmough 1995
Hitchmough, W., C.F.A. Voysey, London, 1995.

Massé 1935
Massé, H.J.L.J., The Art-Workers’ Guild 1884–1934, Oxford, 1935.

Simpson 1979
Simpson, D., C.F.A. Voysey: An Architect of Individuality, London, 1979.