Textile, "London Toile", ca. 2006
Technique: screen printed on plain weave. Gift of Timorous Beasties. 2007-40-1.
- Produced by Timorous Beasties
What is this?
"Toile" style pattern in blues on a white ground; the scenes are of the contemporary life and architecture of London.
Why is this in our collection?
London Toile is patterned after late 18th- and early 19th-century copperplate printed toiles de Jouy, which often depicted picturesque scenes or points of interest around various cities. The museum has, for example, the designs Monuments of Rome and Monuments of Paris. But, a closer inspection of London Toile reveals a very contemporary London skyline, including the Swiss Re Tower and the London Eye, along with contemporary social woes such as homelessness and street violence. The Glasgow design firm, Timorous Beasties, has been of great interest to both the Textiles and Wallcoverings departments since its founding in 1990. The museum acquired three Timorous Beasties textiles that same year. The founders of... more