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William Morris

(1834-1896), Poet, craftsman and socialist

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 68 portraits
In 1857 with fellow artists Rossetti and Burne-Jones, Morris contributed to a mural for the Oxford Union. He married 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 and The Earthly Paradise, Morris is now best remembered for his textile and wallpaper designs. He co-founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (1877), and the Socialist League (1884), and went on to start the Kelmscott Press in 1890.

More on Morris: The Pre-Raphaelite Circle book in our Shops | Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy catalogue in our Shops | Historian Fiona MacCarthy on Morris | Morris and his Legacy
Watch a film clip on the artist from the BBC Archive in the Media section below

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William Morris, by Unknown photographer - NPG x3761

William Morris

by Unknown photographer
platinum print, circa 1893
NPG x3761

The staff of the Kelmscott Press, by Unknown photographer - NPG x32758

The staff of the Kelmscott Press

by Unknown photographer
whole-plate glass negative, circa 1893
NPG x32758

William Morris, by Robert Bryden, after  Frederick Hollyer - NPG D32473

William Morris

by Robert Bryden, after Frederick Hollyer
woodcut, circa 1899 (1884)
NPG D32473

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William Morris

by John Robert Parsons, published by Ellis & Green
albumen carte-de-visite, 14 June 1870
NPG x3765

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William Morris

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 14 March 1877
NPG x3750

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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
NPG x19614

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William Morris

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass positive, 19 January 1889
NPG x19618

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