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William Morris

(1834-1896), Poet, craftsman and socialist

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 67 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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More on Morris: Historian Fiona MacCarthy on Morris | Morris and his Legacy

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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

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