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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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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
platinum print, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
albumen cabinet card, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
albumen cabinet card, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
albumen cabinet card, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
cabinet card, 19 January 1889
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William Morris

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

by Henry Halliday Sparling
film negative, early 1890s
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William Morris

by Henry Halliday Sparling
film negative, early 1890s
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The Hammersmith Socialist Society

possibly by Sir Emery Walker
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 1890-1891
On display in Room 42 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt; William Morris

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

by Unknown photographer
platinum print, circa 1893
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