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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.

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 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

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