William Morris March 24, 1834 – October 3, 1896. “English designer, craftsman, poet, and early socialist, whose design for furniture, fabrics, stained glass, wallpaper, and other decorative arts generated the Arts and Crafts movement in England.”. Background. Born March 24, 1834 in Walthamstow.
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“English designer, craftsman, poet, and early socialist, whose design for furniture, fabrics, stained glass, wallpaper, and other decorative arts generated the Arts and Crafts movement in England.”
“As far as my school instruction went, I think I may fairly say I learned next to nothing there, for indeed next to nothing was taught; but the place is in very beautiful country, thickly scattered over with prehistoric monuments, and I set myself eagerly to studying these and everything else that had any history in it, and so perhaps learnt a good deal.”
Young Lad Morris, at age 23.
“I don’t want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few…”
“What business have we with art at all unless all can share it?”
art is the “expression by man of his pleasure in labour.”
“made by the people, for the people, as a happiness for the maker and the user.”
Contradiction: “all art cost time, trouble, and thought.” Only accessible to a few, luxury of the rich.
Dove and Rose 1879
St Peter and St Paul 1865
The Brachet Licking Sir Tristram 1861
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