Artist, Craftsman, Designer William Morris (1834-1896)

English artist, textile designer and writer, William Morris was closely affiliated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the Arts and Crafts design movement. He established a design company together with the artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones and as an illustrator, author and medievalist, he had a direct impact on postwar authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien. William Morris was also one of the founders of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
The remarkable Morris’s designs easily surpassed in imaginative quality and originality almost anything competitors could deliver at the time, his coloristic gift, rich and harmonious, was incomparable.

William Morris Artichoke embroidery design, 1877
The Woodpecker Tapestry by William Morris
The east window at Middleton Cheyne of 1864-65 is considered as a masterpiece, one of the most triumphant success in all English stained glass. (flickr)
Although the design firm, founded among others by Morris, undertook metal-work, chintzes (printed fabrics), carving, carpets, wall paper and paper-hangings, stained glass windows became the main income source as there was a fashionable market demand for memorial windows. 

William Morris tile design
The 1896 Kelmscott edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is considered a masterpiece of book design.
William Morris floral tapestry


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