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William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

William Morris (1834 to 1896) ⇒ was a writer, illustrator, textile/wallpaper designer, a social activist and founder of the Kelmscott Press. He had a considerable influence upon design during and after the Victorian period and was a close associate of Rossetti, Webb, Ruskin and Burne-Jones.

The gallery is free to enter and contains additional works by Burne-Jones.  It is not a huge collection but there is a lot of educational material and some artifacts with a real wow factor.   In addition the gallery provides an online collection, exhibitions (Mary Morris from October 2017 to January 2018), workshops and masterclasses.  Please see the gallery website ⇒ .  The easiest way to get to the gallery is at the bottom of this page.

More of William Morris can be found at the Red House ⇐ in Bexleheath (south-east of London) where he founded the decorative arts company, Morris, Marshal & Faulkner & Co which included wives and other family members.






The above wallpaper was for Queen Victoria and required 66 separate woodcuts (that’s how it was done) for each section.

The stained glass is by Edward Burne-Jones






For a closer look please right-click on the image, select “open in a new tab” and then left click in the tab/image to enlarge.

 

 


Ruskin advised aspiring artists to copy a work by Albert Dürer “until you can’t look at anything else”.  William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones spent hours with the above Knight, Death and the Devil.

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Bust of William Morris

The easiest way to get to the gallery is by traveling to Tottenham Hale Rail Station (or Blackhorse Road Staion) and then take the number 123 bus which stops right outside the gallery pictured below.


Behind the gallery is the gallery garden and further on is the very pretty Lloyd Park ⇐.  Together with the free gallery it makes a very pleasant day out. 🙂

11 responses

  1. Such beauty! The fabrics are so wonderful, such a respite from today’s boring beigeness. I love the chair print and the deer and stream on fabric. It is like a more English form of chinoiserie. Beautiful!

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    September 24, 2017 at 18:23

    • Some of his work is almost psychedelic. Makes one wonder what he had for tea. 🙂

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      September 24, 2017 at 21:59

  2. Wow – such a talented man. Cindy is right – a great change from beige. Thanks so much for sharing your interests with us – I look forward to seeing your latest museum visit. 🙂

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    September 24, 2017 at 21:19

    • You are welcome. 🙂

      I look forward to seeing my next visit too. It’s the only way I find out where I’ve been whilst sleep walking. 🙂

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      September 24, 2017 at 22:03

  3. He was such a brilliant man; thank you for sharing these great details – so much to appreciate, savor and marvel about his gifts……

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    September 26, 2017 at 20:29

    • You are welcome. It is nice to think that some things stand the test of time.

      Thanks for the visit. 🙂

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      September 27, 2017 at 06:39

  4. I adore William Morris and all those Pre-Raphealites…absolutely perfect post for a chill, autumn day!

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    October 15, 2017 at 19:31

  5. theburningheart

    My favorite, most comfortable sofa, with a dark green, and blue print from William Morris, unfortunately my ex took it! 🙂

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    October 17, 2017 at 17:53

    • I am so sorry to hear that. I hope you get another that you like. (sofa I mean or perhaps one who will not become an ex) 🙂

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      October 18, 2017 at 12:45

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