Charles Francis Annesley Voysey
Born 28 May 1857
Died 12 February 1941
Active: 1874 - 1914
Country of birth and death: England
Born in Hessle, near Hull. Educated largely at home as a boy, he was a pupil to John Pollard Seddon 1874-79, an architect of the Gothic revival. After a brief period as an assistant in Saxon Snell's office he became ‘an improver’ in the office of George Devey, whose practice consisted mainly of large country houses. Voysey commenced practice on his own account in London in 1881. Initially his income was dependent upon wallpaper and textile designs. He is said to have learned the art of pattern design from Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo. His first house was designed in 1888. During the following two decades Voysey established an extensive domestic practice both in Britain and abroad. He was at odds with his profession, opposing both the registration of architects and education favoured by the Royal Institute of British Architects. He was a keen member of the Art-Workers' Guild, of which he was master in 1924. From 1917 Voysey lived in St James's Street, and spent most of his days at the Arts Club not far away, where he had many friends. Died at his home, Park House, Winchester
Wealth at death: £1,474 16s. 4d.
Probate date: 26 March 1941
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Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Arranged Art Workers Guild, First Exhibition, 1895
Part of sub-committee for exhibition.
Exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery, Arts & Crafts Exhibition, 1900
Exhibited at Art Workers Guild, Third Exhibition, 1905
Participant in Heraldry in Decoration (Art Workers Guild), 1936
Speaker at Tradition in Art (Art Workers Guild), 1895
Speaker at London (Art Workers Guild), 1923
Speaker at Modern Metalwork (Art Workers Guild), 1926
Speaker at Sculpture (Art Workers Guild), 1924
Speaker at Ships (Art Workers Guild), 1916
Speaker at Staircases (Art Workers Guild), 1933
Speaker at Coins and Medals (Art Workers Guild), 1928
Speaker at Bridges (Art Workers Guild), 1929
Speaker at Ivory carving (Art Workers Guild), 1924
Institutional and Business Connections
Master of Art Workers Guild
Unsuccessful in ballot for election to Royal Academy of Arts
Personal and Professional Connections
Collaborated with Henry Alfred Pegram
Collaborated with Richard Llewellyn Benson Rathbone
And Heywood Sumner, according to Bennett (1981)
Friends with William Bainbridge Reynolds
They met when working in the office of George Edmund Street c.1874.
Nominated by Edward Onslow Ford
25 April 1895
For RA; unsuccessful.
Seconded by George James Frampton
25 April 1895
For RA; unsuccessful.
Art Workers Guild Annual Reports, 1885-1900
1895, p.7; 1896, p.6.
Art Workers Guild Annual Reports, 1901-1912
1905, p.9; 1910, p.7.
Art Workers Guild Annual Reports, 1913-1933
Arts and Crafts Society: Catalogue of the Sixth Exhibition.
Numerous references including p.81.
Catalogue of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition 1900
Cat. No. 53, pp. 21, 81
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
M. S. Briggs, ‘Voysey, Charles Francis Annesley (1857–1941)’, rev. Wendy Hitchmough, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2007 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/36668, accessed 6 Feb 2010]
Royal Academy of Arts Nominations for Associateship, 1866-1906
See entries for 1895.
Citing this record
'Charles Francis Annesley Voysey', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib2_1211908455, accessed 29 Apr 2017]