1 of 60 portraits of May Morris
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by William Rothenstein
12 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. (318 mm x 241 mm)
Given by Robert R. Steele, 1939
Sitterback to top
- Mary ('May') Morris (1862-1938), Designer and craftswoman; daughter of William Morris. Sitter in 60 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), Artist and teacher of art. Artist associated with 222 portraits, Sitter in 24 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Marsh, Jan, Character Sketches: The Pre-Raphaelites, 1998
- Marsh, Jan, The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2013, p. 125 Read entry
'You see William Morris could design but he could not embroider. [Jane] Morris could embroider but couldn't design. May Morris did both design as well as William Morris and embroider as well as anyone,' wrote May's companion May Lobb to the director of the Victoria & Albert Museum. 'That is what so few grasp and appreciate. They need to have their noses rubbed in it.'
- Marsh, Jan, Insights: The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2005, p. 118
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 443
Events of 1897back to top
Current affairsQueen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee is marked by a series of celebratory events, and attended by eleven colonial prime ministers following the Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain's proposal that the Jubilee be made a festival of the British Empire.
The Workmen's Compensation Act gives workmen a right to a limited compensation in every case of injury by accident arising from the course of employment; it is a landmark piece of legislation in employment law.
Art and scienceBram Stoker's Dracula is first published.
Henry Tate of the Tate and Lyle sugar company donates his art collection to the nation, buying land and building a gallery space for it (now Tate Britain).
Physician and psychologist Havelock Ellis publishes the first volume of his Studies in the Psychology of Sex, and the English physicist John Thompson discovers the existence of the electron.
InternationalThe burning of Benin city by Britain takes place, known also as the Punitive Exhibition of 1897. The excursion, led by Admiral Sir Harry Rawson, was a response to an attack by Benin warriors on a British delegation sent to settle a dispute over customs duties collected by British traders. During the expedition the British Admiralty destroyed much of the city's treasured art, including the Benin Bronzes, auctioning off the rest as war booty to recoup costs.
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