May Morris Arts & Crafts Designer

Anna Mason, Jan Marsh, Jenny Lister, Rowan Bain, Hanne Faurby

The first fully illustrated and comprehensive introduction to May Morris’s work as an artist, designer, and embroiderer, published in association with the V&A and the William Morris Gallery, London. Now available in paperback.

May Morris (1862–1938) was a significant figure in the British Arts and Crafts movement and a pioneer of art embroidery. She ran the embroidery department of Morris & Co., as well as designing textiles, wallpapers, and jewelry. Morris was also an influential teacher and lectured in the United States and across the United Kingdom.

May Morris, now in paperback, presents the full range of Morris’s work and reveals her exceptional skill and originality. It draws together her designs, exquisite embroideries, watercolors, costume, and jewelry from museums around the world, and in particular the rich collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the William Morris Gallery, London. The book contains more than 180 objects in color alongside detailed information on their materials and provenance compiled by leading experts. There are also new insights into Morris’s personal life and relationships, her social activism, and her support for other craftswomen.

This authoritative and illuminating study places Morris, whose reputation has been overshadowed by that of her father William Morris, firmly among the leading British designer-makers of the Arts and Crafts movement.


Anna Mason


Anna Mason is a leading authority on the Arts and Crafts movement. She is a former curator and manager at the William Morris Gallery and has also worked for the National Trust at the Morris-designed Red House. She is the general editor of William Morris, also published by Thames & Hudson in association with the V&A.

Jan Marsh


Jan Marsh, the author of several books on the Pre-Raphaelites, is former president of the William Morris Society and a trustee of the Brangwyn Gift at the William Morris Gallery, London.

Jenny Lister


Jenny Lister is a curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Rowan Bain


Rowan Bain is a curator at the William Morris Gallery, London.

Hanne Faurby


Hanne Faurby is formerly a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, specializing in nineteenth-century design.