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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. He married 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 and The Earthly Paradise, Morris is now best remembered for his textile and wallpaper designs. He co-founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (1877), and the Socialist League (1884), and went on to start the Kelmscott Press in 1890.

Watch a film clip on the artist from the BBC Archive in the Media section below .

More on Morris: Historian Fiona MacCarthy on Morris | Morris and his Legacy

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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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