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Design for Bird, Woven Wool
Photo credit: William Morris Society

Design for Bird, Woven Wool 1878

William Morris (1834–1896)

William Morris Society

(b Walthamstow, Essex [now in Greater London], 24 Mar. 1834; d London, 3 Oct. 1896). English designer, craftsman, writer, painter, and visionary socialist. As a student at Oxford University he formed a lifelong friendship with Burne-Jones and began to write poetry and to study medieval architecture. In 1856 he was apprenticed to the architect G. E. Street, but soon left to paint under Rossetti's guidance—his only finished oil painting, Queen Guenevere (1858, Tate, London), is strongly Pre-Raphaelite.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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