Tribute to John Fowler

After the eminent English interior designer and co-founder of Colfax and Fowler who had a dramatic impact on the presentation of historic houses in Britain before and after the Second World War. Considered the “inventor” of Country House Style, John Fowler’s interpretation of interiors has become a recognised period style in its own right. This spectacular hand block of finely rendered flowers and birds presented in brilliant colour is one of the most dramatic designs in the collection. In the hands of a gifted designer, it’s high style and bold colours create a transcendent experience and a unique sense of place. The design is printed using a set of 72 blocks engraved in 1926, and 18 block colours. Each block is colour coded, for example a block labelled ‘light green’ relates to the colour that was used to print the very first colourway. The blocks required to print this design are extremely large so a huge amount of weight has to be applied to each block. This takes an incredible amount of skill and accuracy from the printer.