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Pink and rose

William Morris (1834-1896)

1889-1891

W.1967.446

Title Pink and rose
Object type Wallpaper
Place of origin London, England, UK
Date 1889-1891
Artist/maker William Morris (1834-1896)
Techniques Hand Block Printing
Dimensions h:876 w:559 mm
Accession Lot The Wall Paper Manufacturers Ltd (gift, 1967)
Accession number W.1967.446

William Morris (1834-1896)

Writer and poet, artist and designer, Morris began a lifelong friendship with Burne-Jones in 1853. In 1861 he founded the decorative arts firm by which his name is chiefly known today. His work in watercolour consists of designs for stained glass and tracery. The most famous of all Victorian designers, Morris can be regarded as the founder of the Arts and Crafts movement.Often referred to as the father of the Arts & Crafts Movement, William Morris was a man of diverse accomplishments -a poet, socialist, artist and designer. He was educated at Marlborough and Exeter College, Oxford, and in 1856 began work at the architectural office of G E Street. In regards to textile production, he was particularly interested in hand block-printing and weaving. He revived block-printing and vegetable dyeing with Thomas Wardle and taught himself how to weave. All of his designs were sold by his firm Morris & Company, which he established in 1875. He went on to acquire the Merton Abbey Tapestry Works in 1881 and establish the Kelmscott Press in 1890. His patterns have been copied and adapted in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

William Morris (1834-1896)

Writer and poet, artist and designer, Morris began a lifelong friendship with Burne-Jones in 1853. In 1861 he founded the decorative arts firm by which his name is chiefly known today. His work in watercolour consists of designs for stained glass and tracery. The most famous of all Victorian designers, Morris can be regarded as the founder of the Arts and Crafts movement.Often referred to as the father of the Arts & Crafts Movement, William Morris was a man of diverse accomplishments -a poet, socialist, artist and designer. He was educated at Marlborough and Exeter College, Oxford, and in 1856 began work at the architectural office of G E Street. In regards to textile production, he was particularly interested in hand block-printing and weaving. He revived block-printing and vegetable dyeing with Thomas Wardle and taught himself how to weave. All of his designs were sold by his firm Morris & Company, which he established in 1875. He went on to acquire the Merton Abbey Tapestry Works in 1881 and establish the Kelmscott Press in 1890. His patterns have been copied and adapted in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.