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