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William Morris

(1834-1896), Poet, craftsman and socialist

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 68 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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William Morris, by Sir William Blake Richmond - NPG 1938

William Morris

by Sir William Blake Richmond
oil on canvas, circa 1880s
NPG 1938

William Morris, by Walker & Boutall, after  Unknown photographer, published by  Longmans, Green & Co - NPG x3757

William Morris

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

William Morris, by John Robert Parsons, published by  Ellis & Green - NPG Ax38170

William Morris

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

William Morris, by Unknown photographer - NPG x3720

William Morris

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

William Morris, by Walker & Boutall, after  Frederick Hollyer, published by  Longmans, Green & Co - NPG x3758

William Morris

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

William Morris, by Frederick Hollyer - NPG x3762

William Morris

by Frederick Hollyer
platinum print, 1874
NPG x3762

The Burne-Jones and Morris families, by Frederick Hollyer - NPG x11881

The Burne-Jones and Morris families

by Frederick Hollyer
sepia-toned platinotype print, 1874
NPG x11881

William Morris, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x3728

William Morris

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

William Morris, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x3724

William Morris

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

William Morris, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x3725

William Morris

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

William Morris, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x3751

William Morris

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

William Morris, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x3764

William Morris

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

William Morris, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x131223

William Morris

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

William Morris, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x3727

William Morris

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

William Morris, by Abel Lewis, printed by  James Edward Bruton (Brunton) - NPG x3722

William Morris

by Abel Lewis, printed by James Edward Bruton (Brunton)
platinotype cabinet card, April 1880
NPG x3722

William Morris, by Abel Lewis, printed by  James Edward Bruton (Brunton) - NPG x3723

William Morris

by Abel Lewis, printed by James Edward Bruton (Brunton)
platinotype cabinet card, April 1880
NPG x3723

William Morris, by Abel Lewis - NPG x3753

William Morris

by Abel Lewis
albumen cabinet card, April 1880
NPG x3753

William Morris, by Abel Lewis - NPG x3755

William Morris

by Abel Lewis
albumen cabinet card, April 1880
NPG x3755

William Morris, by Abel Lewis - NPG x3754

William Morris

by Abel Lewis
albumen cabinet card, April 1880
NPG x3754

William Morris, by Walker & Boutall, after  Abel Lewis - NPG x3756

William Morris

by Walker & Boutall, after Abel Lewis
photogravure, circa 1896 (April 1880)
NPG x3756

William Morris, by Abel Lewis, printed by  James Edward Bruton (Brunton) - NPG x3726

William Morris

by Abel Lewis, printed by James Edward Bruton (Brunton)
cabinet card, April 1880
NPG x3726

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker, after  Abel Lewis - NPG x19608

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker, after Abel Lewis
half-plate glass positive, April 1880
NPG x19608

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker, after  Abel Lewis - NPG x19609

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker, after Abel Lewis
half-plate glass positive, April 1880
NPG x19609

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker, after  Abel Lewis - NPG x19610

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker, after Abel Lewis
half-plate glass positive, April 1880
NPG x19610

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker, after  Abel Lewis - NPG x19611

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker, after Abel Lewis
half-plate glass positive, April 1880
NPG x19611

William Morris, by Swan Electric Engraving Co, after  Frederick Hollyer - NPG x3760

William Morris

by Swan Electric Engraving Co, after Frederick Hollyer
photogravure, (1884)
NPG x3760

William Morris, by Frederick Hollyer, printed and published by  Walker & Boutall - NPG x3759

William Morris

by Frederick Hollyer, printed and published by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1884
NPG x3759

William Morris, by Frederick Hollyer - NPG x3721

William Morris

by Frederick Hollyer
platinotype cabinet card, 1884
NPG x3721

William Morris, by Frederick Hollyer - NPG x1514

William Morris

by Frederick Hollyer
platinotype cabinet card, 1884
NPG x1514

William Morris, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x3735

William Morris

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1888
NPG x3735

William Morris, by Frederick John Jenkins, after  Elliott & Fry - NPG x3752

William Morris

by Frederick John Jenkins, after Elliott & Fry
heliogravure, published 1895 (1888)
NPG x3752

William Morris, by and after Elliott & Fry - NPG x81922

William Morris

by and after Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, (1888)
NPG x81922

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3733

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
NPG x3733

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3729

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
NPG x3729

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3746

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
albumen cabinet card, 19 January 1889
NPG x3746

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3731

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
NPG x3731

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3732

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
NPG x3732

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3744

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
NPG x3744

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3745

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
NPG x3745

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19612

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
NPG x19612

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19613

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
NPG x19613

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19615

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
NPG x19615

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19616

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
NPG x19616

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19617

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
NPG x19617

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3749

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
platinum print, 19 January 1889
NPG x3749

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3747

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
albumen cabinet card, 19 January 1889
NPG x3747

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3748

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
albumen cabinet card, 19 January 1889
NPG x3748

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3734

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
albumen cabinet card, 19 January 1889
NPG x3734

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x3730

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
NPG x3730

William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker, printed by  Walker & Cockerell - NPG Ax19697

William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker, printed by Walker & Cockerell
green-toned photogravure, published 1909 (19 January 1889)
NPG Ax19697

William Morris, by Henry Halliday Sparling - NPG x19620

William Morris

by Henry Halliday Sparling
film negative, early 1890s
NPG x19620

William Morris, by Henry Halliday Sparling - NPG x19621

William Morris

by Henry Halliday Sparling
film negative, early 1890s
NPG x19621

The Hammersmith Socialist Society, possibly by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19650

The Hammersmith Socialist Society

possibly by Sir Emery Walker
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 1890-1891
NPG x19650

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt; William Morris, by Sir Emery Walker, after  Frederick Hollyer - NPG x19619

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt; William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker, after Frederick Hollyer
half-plate glass positive, (27 July 1890)
NPG x19619

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