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Below is a full listing of Stevens silks in each category, together with scanned images, which themselves are from a wide variety of sources and as such vary in quality.

The information contained in these listings was initially derived from Geoffrey Godden's book Stevengraphs and other Victorian silk pictures. The late John High, a then member of the Stevengraph Collectors Association, very kindly gave me access to his un-published lists which greatly extended our records, particular of the Alpha Series silk postcards which had not been documented before.

Thomas Stevens invented the title "STEVENGRAPH", and the first recorded use of this title was in 1876 on the stiff backing paper used to support his woven bookmarks in the post. Stevens also later named his factory in Coventry, "Stevengraph Works" and this again first appears on the bookmark stiff backing papers of 1878 - 1880.

Today it is assumed the Stevengraph title applies only to his woven silk pictures. As these however did not appear until May 1879, it is evident Stevens intended the title to include his silk bookmarks and portraits, as well as his pictures, and later, his postcards too.

The key dates are:-

  Bookmarks - first Stevens bookmark registered May 1862.  
  Pictures - first scenic picture registered in May 1879 (though possibly first made in 1874).  
  Portraits - first Stevens portraits appear in early 1886.  
  Postcards - first appear in July 1903 (although sold by R.T. Morgan).  
  Ceased - the factory in Coventry was destroyed in November 1940, and the business amalgamated with Brough, Nicholson & Hall.  
Stevengraph typical bookmark - Peeping Tom Bookmark

STEVENGRAPHS woven by Thomas Stevens:-

SCENIC PICTURES (now 97.8% complete, and last updated 1 July 2024)
PORTRAITS (now 97.9% complete, and last updated 1 July 2024)
BOOKMARKS (now 98.8% complete, and last updated 1 July 2024)
POSTCARDS (now 90.8% complete, and last updated 20 March 2024)
LARGE SOUVENIR SILKS (now 100.0% complete, and last updated 14 August 2017)
SMALL RECTANGULAR and OTHERS SILK ITEMS (99.5% complete, and last updated 1 July 2024)

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This page was created on 1 February 2000
This page was last updated on 1 July 2024

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