Textile, "London Toile", ca. 2006 Medium: linen Technique: screen printed on plain weave. Gift of Timorous Beasties. 2007-40-1.
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 close inspection reveals a very contemporary London skyline, including the Swiss Re tower and the London Eye (or Millenium Wheel), along with contemporary social woes such as homelessness and street violence. Depicting uncompromisingly contemporary images on traditional textiles and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties' provocative style was once described as "William Morris on acid." It is a wonderful update to our... more