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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

Painter and designer
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist associated with 14 portraits

Robert Browning

Poet; husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sitter in 53 portraits

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt

Painter and designer
Sitter in 24 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait

William Frend De Morgan

Artist, potter and novelist
Sitter in 7 portraits

Jane Morris (née Burden)

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

William Morris

Poet, craftsman and socialist
Sitter in 68 portraits

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Painter and poet
Sitter in 29 portraits | Artist associated with 22 portraits

Georgiana (née Macdonald), Lady Burne-Jones

Wife and biographer of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, 1st Bt
Sitter in 8 portraits

Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson

Bookbinder and printer; member of the Hammersmith Socialist League
Sitter in 4 portraits

Richard Watson Dixon

Historian, poet and divine
Sitter in 3 portraits

Charles Augustus Howell

Artist's agent
Sitter in 2 portraits

Arthur Hughes

Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits

Henry Mayers Hyndman

Socialist leader
Sitter in 4 portraits

Mary ('May') Morris

Designer and craftswoman; daughter of William Morris
Sitter in 60 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait

Charles Fairfax Murray

Artist and picture dealer
Artist of 3 portraits

Edith Marion (née Story), Marchesa Peruzzi di Medici

Writer; daughter of William Wetmore Story; wife of Marquess Simone Peruzzi di Medici
Sitter in 1 portrait

(Alphonso) Warrington Taylor

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

Sir Emery Walker

Process-engraver and printer
Sitter in 11 portraits | Artist associated with 126 portraits

Sir Thomas Wardle

Promoter of the silk industry
Sitter in 3 portraits

Metford Warner

circa 1843-1930
Paper stainer
Sitter in 1 portrait