Friday, January 21, 2011

Old-fashioned?

Pomegranate publishes books of postcards on a wide range of subjects
architecture and design among them.

This beautiful home is from a postcard book titled
The Arts and Crafts Houses of C. F. A. Voysey.




From the back of the postcard:
"Design for Broadleys, now Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club,
Gillhead, near Cartmel Fell, Lake Windermere, Westmorland, for Arthur Currer Briggs, 1898.
Watercolor, 265 x 45- mm. 1943.13"


From The Arts and Crafts Houses of C.F. A.Voysey:
"A leading figure in the British Arts and Crafts movement, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941) specialized in the design of small country houses for wealthy clients. With their emphasis on ground-hugging horizontality, hipped roofs, brick walls covered with white-painted roughcast, and enlivening splashes of color, these houses were marked by a graceful simplicity and a refeshing freedom from the imitative styles that had bedeviled 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. He strongly believed that the architect should take responsibility for the entirety of a design and that no detail, no matter how small, was unworthy of attention."

"From 1910 Voysey's architecture was increasingly regarded as old-fashioned and his practice went into an irreversible decline. For the remainder of his life he was chiefly occupied with the preparation of pattern designs for wallpapers and textiles. The 1930's witnessed the rehabilitation of Voysey's reputation. In 1940, a year before his death, he was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects' prestigious Royal Gold Medal."

A big THANK YOU to Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.

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We are having a mini-family reunion here next week.
Lots of folks in and out to visit with Mr. Dragon.
I'll try to check in and at least wave!

Wishing you well and a JOY and fun filled weekend.



12 comments:

Carol at Serendipity said...

I shall have to look into this book of postcards. I find postcards to be such wonderful little works of art that can be handled and viewed up close.

Have a wonderful day.

Carol

MrCachet said...

Thanks for visiting Snap! This 'cottage' appears to be walled. and elevated. I wonder if Voysey used these cards to seek out business prospects, but apparently from the narrative, it didn't have very many customers. Did he live in the coutry of Spare Oom? Whoops. That wasn't Carroll but Lewis.

Tete said...

I have never seen a postcard like this! This is so much fun, I'm going to look for more images! Great post.
Happy PFF!
Hugs- Tete

Janet said...

I think it's a beautiful house and makes a wonderful, unique postcard.

Enjoy the visiting family memebers.

Pat - Arkansas said...

How lovely!

Tracy said...

Hey Snap, Goodness, that is one beautiful building but what I tuned into were the building steps made of stone; gorgeous!
I hope you are doing well Snap...I think of you often~

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI Snap, Looks like a pretty nice postcard to me... The architecture looked incredible ---but as it is this day and time, things change constantly...

Have a nice time with family.
Hugs,
Betsy

Aimee said...

Beautiful! Wish that was my house!

Postcardy said...

I like arts and crafts design--especially the postcards with arts and crafts style graphics.

Joy said...

I love the combination of painting and floor plan.
How wonderful to see it here as this particular house is not too far from where I live. There are quite a few arts and craft houses on this side of the lake. If you have a Baille Scott arts and craft house in your book of postcards some interior views are on the house's website - www.blackwell.org. I love to visit it, they also have a wall full of postcards, bliss.

viridian said...

great cards.
I know youa re busy but: Remember: My new meme Sunday Stamps opens again late Saturday night.
You are welcome to join us.

Terry said...

Howdy Snap
Happy PFF to you :)
This was a very beautiful postcard.
I had never heard of this man before today . Thank you for something new and wonderful to read up on !
I really enjoyed the history of this card.
Until next time
Happy Trails