A man of prolific talent and prodigious energy, William Morris was an artist, poet, manufacturer, writer, businessman, conservationist and revolutionary socialist. His creative work included designs for flat patterns, embroideries, stained glass, mural decoration, books and tapestries, and his firm, Morris & Co., was the foremost decorating company of its time. But it is as a designer of repeating patterns, and particularly wallpapers, that Morris is probably best-remembered today.
A master-colourist, he was a one-man pattern-making phenomenon, blessed, according to his daughter May, with a ‘god-given gift’ for creating harmonious and beautiful designs. And his wallpapers were not only the most commercially successful aspect of his company’s work, they also helped fulfil his ambition to bring art and beauty into ordinary homes. This lecture explores the history and production of Morris’s work within the wider context of Victorian wallpaper design.
Joanna Banham is a freelance curator, lecturer and writer, and was formerly Head of Adult Programmes at the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy of Arts.
This is a live talk on Zoom. Once you have booked your ticket, you will be sent the joining instructions.
Entry to this talk is by donation. Your support of the Emery Walker Trust is greatly appreciated during these difficult times.
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