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William Morris (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Anna Mason, Fiona MacCarthy, Peter Faulkner, Charles Harvey and Jon Press, Nicholas Salmon, Chris Miele, Tristram Hunt, Karen Livingstone, Julia Griffin, Martin Harrison, Linda Parry, Frances Collard, Jennifer Hawkins Opie, Lesley Hoskins, John Nash, John


Marking the 125th anniversary of William Morris’s death, this is the most wide-ranging, comprehensive – and beautiful – illustrated study of William Morris ever published

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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 and influence, places his art in the context of its time and explores 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 towards 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 comprehensive, fully illustrated exploration of a great thinker and artist, and essential reading for anyone interested in the history of design.

A Crafts Council Best Craft Book of the Year


A Crafts Council Best Craft Book of the year


'A thing of beauty'
Literary Review

'Naturally, the book is beautifully illustrated'

'A modern classic … could not be more timely'
Homes & Antiques

'Celebrating the versatility of the Arts and Crafts polymath, it has chapters on everything from wallpaper to calligraphy … meticulously researched'
House & Garden

'A comprehensive, fully illustrated exploration of a great thinker and artist, and essential reading for anyone interested in the history of design'
Let's Talk


'Gorgeous … the most comprehensive study of Morris ever published … Get lost in the wonderful world of William Morris'
This England

'A lavish, 2.5kg tribute to [William Morris's] life and work, which included stained glass, wallpaper, textiles, tableware and more, all designed as an antidote to Victorian fustiness'
The Crafts Council

'Wide-ranging, comprehensive and beautiful'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.0 x 23.5 cm

Extent: 432 pp

Illustrations: 668

Publication date: 2 November 2021

ISBN: 9780500480502

About the Author

Anna Mason is a leading authority on the Arts & Crafts Movement. From 2009 to 2016 she was curator at the William Morris Gallery, London, and from 2019 to 2020 was curator of the Morris-designed Red House (National Trust). She was lead curator of the exhibition ‘May Morris: Art and Life’ held at the gallery in 2017, and co-author of the accompanying book May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer (published by Thames & Hudson with the William Morris Gallery and the V&A).