William Morris

Anna Mason

Marking the 125th anniversary of William Morris’s death, this is the most wide-ranging illustrated book about Morris ever published.

Description

William Morris’s interests were wide-ranging: he was a poet, writer, political and social activist, conservationist, and businessman, as well as a brilliant and original designer and manufacturer. This book explores the balance between Morris’s various spheres of activity, places his art in the context of its time, and examines his ongoing and far-reaching legacy.

A pioneer of the Arts & Crafts Movement, William Morris (1834-1896) is one of the most influential designers of all time. Morris turned the tide of Victorian England against an increasingly industrialized manufacturing process toward a rediscovered respect for the skill of the maker. Morris’s whole approach still resonates today, and his designs are popular and much admired.

Published to mark the 125th anniversary of Morris’s death, this book includes contributions from a wide range of Morris experts, with chapters on painting, church decoration and stained glass, interior decoration, furniture, tiles and tableware, wallpaper, textiles, calligraphy, and publishing. Additional materials include a contextualized chronology of Morris’s life and a list of public collections around the world where examples of Morris’s work may be seen today. This study is a wide- ranging, fully illustrated exploration of a great thinker and artist, and essential reading for anyone interested in the history of design.

Reviews

Filled with the gifted 19th century designer's sumptuous, stylized birds, flowers, and leafy prints… Its plethora of illustrations is like visiting a really great exhibit at your own pace.

— NPR

Contributors

Anna Mason

Author

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.