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William Morris (1834-1896), Poet, craftsman and socialist

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 66 portraits
In 1857 with fellow artists Rossetti and Burne-Jones, Morris contributed to a mural for the Oxford Union, later marrying Jane Burden, an artist who had modeled for himself and Rossetti at that time. In 1861, with Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Webb, he launched the design firm Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., later known as Morris & Co.. Originally famous for his poetry publications Defence of Guenevere (1858) and The Earthly Paradise (1868-70), Morris is now best known for his textile and wallpaper designs. He would help with the founding of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (1877), and the Socialist League (1884), and would go on to start the Kelmscott Press in 1890. The Morris' marriage was threatened by Jane's affair with Rossetti, but later regained its affectionate companionship.

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1078

William Morris

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1870
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1078

x3757

William Morris

by Walker & Boutall, after Unknown photographer, published by Longmans, Green & Co
photogravure, published 1899 (circa 1855-1857)
NPG x3757

Ax38170

William Morris

by John Robert Parsons, published by Ellis & Green
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871-1872 (14 June 1870)
NPG Ax38170

x3720

William Morris

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870
NPG x3720

x3758

William Morris

by Walker & Boutall, after Frederick Hollyer, published by Longmans, Green & Co
photogravure, published 1899 (1874)
NPG x3758

x3762

William Morris

by Frederick Hollyer
platinum print, 1874
NPG x3762

x3728

William Morris

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
cabinet card, 14 March 1877
NPG x3728

x3724

William Morris

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 21 March 1877
NPG x3724

x3725

William Morris

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 21 March 1877
NPG x3725

x3751

William Morris

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 21 March 1877
NPG x3751

x3764

William Morris

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 14 March 1877
NPG x3764

x131223

William Morris

by Elliott & Fry
albumen print on card mount, arched top, 21 March 1877
NPG x131223

x3727

William Morris

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
cabinet card, 14 March 1877
NPG x3727