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William Morris and his circle


22 People in sitter grouping:

William Morris considered it impossible for an artist to exist outside the context of a community and surrounded himself with writers, textile designers and furniture makers. The firm, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. was founded in 1861 with Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne Jones and Philip Spekman Webb. The architect Webb would later build Morris's first home, Red House, which became a hub of artistic and intellectual endeavor. As the circle encompassed broad artistic practices, women were a visible part of the group and Morris collaborated extensively with his wife, Jane, who brought his designs to life through embroidery. Morris did 'not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few' and his artistic output was intrinsically linked to his socialist beliefs. His circle included those in the political arena, such as Social Democratic Federation Founder Henry Mayers Hyndman. In order to revive the arts swept away by the Industrial Revolution, they designed domestic objects and larger scale public commissions.

Ford Madox Brown

Ford Madox Brown

1821-1893
Painter and designer
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist associated with 14 portraits
Robert Browning

Robert Browning

1812-1889
Poet; husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sitter in 53 portraits
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt

1833-1898
Painter and designer
Sitter in 24 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait
William Frend De Morgan

William Frend De Morgan

1839-1917
Artist, potter and novelist
Sitter in 7 portraits
Jane Morris (née Burden)

Jane Morris (née Burden)

1839-1914
Embroiderer and artist's model; wife of William Morris
Sitter associated with 31 portraits
William Morris

William Morris

1834-1896
Poet, craftsman and socialist
Sitter in 68 portraits
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1828-1882
Painter and poet
Sitter in 29 portraits | Artist associated with 22 portraits
Georgiana (née Macdonald), Lady Burne-Jones

Georgiana (née Macdonald), Lady Burne-Jones

1840-1920
Wife and biographer of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, 1st Bt
Sitter in 9 portraits
Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson

Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson

1840-1922
Bookbinder and printer; member of the Hammersmith Socialist League
Sitter in 4 portraits
Richard Watson Dixon

Richard Watson Dixon

1833-1900
Historian, poet and divine
Sitter in 3 portraits
Charles Augustus Howell

Charles Augustus Howell

1840?-1890
Artist's agent
Sitter in 2 portraits
Arthur Hughes

Arthur Hughes

1832-1915
Painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits
Henry Mayers Hyndman

Henry Mayers Hyndman

1842-1921
Socialist leader
Sitter in 4 portraits
Mary ('May') Morris

Mary ('May') Morris

1862-1938
Designer and craftswoman; daughter of William Morris
Sitter in 60 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Charles Fairfax Murray

1849-1919
Artist and picture dealer
Artist of 3 portraits
Edith Marion (née Story), Marchesa Peruzzi di Medici

Edith Marion (née Story), Marchesa Peruzzi di Medici

1844-1907
Writer; daughter of William Wetmore Story; wife of Marquess Simone Peruzzi di Medici
Sitter in 1 portrait
(Alphonso) Warrington Taylor

(Alphonso) Warrington Taylor

circa 1837-1870
William Morris's business manager
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Emery Walker

Sir Emery Walker

1851-1933
Process-engraver and printer
Sitter in 11 portraits | Artist associated with 127 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Sir Thomas Wardle

1831-1909
Promoter of the silk industry
Sitter in 3 portraits